Rare Birds is a hilarious and creative independent comedy from up-and-coming director Sturla Gunnarsson released in 2001. In this film, down-and-out Dave Purcell (William Hurt) is about ready to close the doors of his restaurant in a small Newfoundland town. He is depressed, missing his wife, and always keeps a drink nearby. Things do appear to have finally turned around for him when he and his wacky friend Alphonse (Andy Jones) hatch a ridiculous plan to keep the restaurant open. The two fake a sighting of a rare bird and soon the restaurant is a roaring success, filled with all sorts of birdwatchers from all over. Alphonse and Dave are soon enjoying their newfound success, but Alphonse may have taken it too far. He's soon indulging in cocaine and even looking into purchasing a recreational submarine. Will the restaurant stay open this time or have Alphonse's plans ruined Dave's business forever?