The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017)


Critic Consensus: The Ornithologist demands patient viewing from an audience attuned to symbolic pleasures -- and rewards the investment with an unusual tale of self-discovery.


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Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.

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Paul Hamy
as Fernando / António
Xelo Cagiao
as Jesus / Tomé
Flora Bulcao
as Caçadora 1
Isabelle Puntel
as Caçadora 2

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (12)

The Ornithologist is highly diverting and seductive, a pastoral of sorts, and a secular meditation on faith and acceptance, very loosely derived from the life of St Anthony of Padua.

Oct 5, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Call it an exercise in staring at a screen for two hours that couldn't have ended soon enough.

Aug 3, 2017 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

If nothing else, will have the adventurous viewer considering a nature trip to Portugal.

Jul 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If nothing else, the film reminds one of how strange and beautiful existence can be.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

"The Ornithologist" is both an opaque narrative and a deeply inviting one.

Jun 29, 2017 | Full Review…

There's always something to ponder with this film, which gets stranger and more polarizing as it goes along.

Jun 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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