Pelican Man | Chicago Reader

Pelican Man

Offbeat and bittersweet, this 2004 Finnish feature sometimes resembles a silent Chaplin comedy, thanks to the considerable skill of Kari Ketonen as a pelican that assumes human form and befriends a ten-year-old boy from a broken family. This fish-out-of-water story derives much of its humor from the avian man's bewilderment with his new environment, but it grows more serious as the boy teaches him to read, opening the door to a sad awareness of mortality. Liisa Helminen directed. 84 min.

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