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  • Summary: This is the true account of one of the most surprising and remarkable love stories in the history of New York. It begins in 1993, when a young man has an unexpected encounter in Central Park. He meets a hawk. Not just any hawk, but a wild Redtail, a fierce predator that has not lived in the City for almost a hundred years. Little does he know that the journey will take him almost twenty years and lead him down many trails of life, death, birth, hope, and redemption. (Balcony Releasing) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Dec 11, 2010
    This is compelling stuff, but Lilien is less successful in trying to link Pale Male's story to his own.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 25, 2010
    Family-friendly holiday fare.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Dec 21, 2010
    It's notable for some astounding urban wildlife footage and for the way it unintentionally reflects the giddy narcissism of the primate known as homo sapiens.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Nov 25, 2010
    A sugary, aggressively anthropomorphized story of one avian interloper and a whole bunch of human obsessives.
  5. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Nov 25, 2010
    Despite spending nearly 15 years documenting this phenomenon, Lilien proves wholly uninterested in investigating his human subjects' habit of vigorously anthropomorphizing, and projecting their personal hopes, dreams, fears, and Daddy issues onto the striking hawk.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 25, 2010
    Remains mostly fascinating even in an amateur storyteller's hands.
  7. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Nov 27, 2010
    Lilien is an amateur filmmaker, and his movie -- which at times is more about Lilien than Pale Male -- shows it.

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