Love Birds

Synopsis: Doug (Rhys Darby) thinks he has the perfect life and is stunned when long term girlfriend Susan (Faye Smythe) dumps him. He finds an injured duck and reluctantly decides to nurse it better until such time as a new home can be found for it. The task gives him new found motivation and propels Doug into a journey of self discovery, where he meets zoologist Holly (Sally Hawkins). Will the duck ever fly again? and will Doug find his perfect life?
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Paul Murphy
Production: General Film Corporation
  5 nominations.
103 min

What can I do for you?

Ah, it's this duck.

I think it's injured.

Well, he needs a vet, then,

doesn't it?

Well, the thing is,

it's not really my duck.

Look, we're not a refuge

for broken birds. I'm sorry.

Come on! Here we go.

I thought you might have, like,

a bird hospital or something.

Yeah, right next to

the bird fire station.


I'm kind of busy. So...


OK. Here we go, little one.

So it'll fit here somewhere?



It won't fit anywhere.

Must be somewhere I can take a duck.

It's not a duck.

I'm pretty sure it is.

Oh, so you're the bird expert now,

are you?

Well, no. It's just...

I mean, that's a duck. Isn't it?

The traditional method of feeding

zoo animals from a feed pan...

It's a shelduck.

...does little to stimulate

complex feeding behaviours.

Oh, well, great. See? There you go.

I wouldn't have known that.

So it's better off here,

isn't it, really?

No, Look, um...

Give you the name of someone

who might be able to help you.

Now, some of the food

that we feed the animals

you might not think of as food.

It's the Easter bunny.

Oh, Jesus. Here.

Look him up. Give him a call.

Who wants to see a more pork, hey?

Oh, isn't he gorgeous?


the paradise shelduck,

is endemic to New Zealand.

It can be found

nowhere else in the world.

When discovered by Captain Cook,

he called it the painted duck,

an inadequate description, I feel.

You know a lot about ducks.

Thank you, Ginger.

Actually, they have more in common

with swans and geese

than they do with ducks.

I'm a, uh, vet by trade

but a twitcher by volition.

A twitcher?



I've always loved birds.

They do something that we...

...humans can't do.

They... fly unaided.

Rather magical animals,

as far as I'm concerned.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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