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Plot: Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track. Runtime: 117 min Release Date: 20 Oct 2016
Imagine if Robert Bresson and Walerian Borowczyk were a single person, a synthesis filmmaker. Now imagine that person is gay. Now imagine that person had a fever dream. That dream would be "The Ornithologist". If you understood that sentence we're soulmates .If you're in the market for a psycho-sexual erotic biblical parable that flirts with bondage, urination fetish, bestiality, and just good old fashion beautiful men rolling around naked on a beach, but, you know, all done in an artistically austere, under- emphasized way and then hazed into a hallucinatory mist of a <more>
story, then this is your jam right here.What did I think of it?I thought it was AWESOME!
One vivid dream built upon the ruins of Christianity or just self-indulgence for the LGBT community? (by psbzu)
My fondness for Nature and the idea of sharing this movie with a couple of birdwatchers brought this movie to my attention. Was i ready for it? Not even close!!! Not ready for the Religious subtext, not ready for the graphic sexual images, not ready for the dreamlike script that never gave away the meaning of it all and most of all not ready to enjoy it so much.If your kind of movies are mainstream blockbusters with plenty of action and a fast-food script stay away from it, you are in risk of severe damage to your beliefs, feelings and mind constructs.But if you like to go into the rabbit <more>
hole of other peoples heads just go for it, it´s one hell of a ride.
Totally mesmerizing and completely baffling (by Jesse_Ung)
When I came out of The Ornithologist I was totally perplexed and unsure of what I had just seen. At one point I thought it was a film about one man's descent into madness, at another I thought it was a tale of the mystery and spirituality of nature and the unknown, a film about loneliness and despair, then I thought maybe it was a character study of queerness and male sexuality. For all I know this film could be all of these things or none of them whatsoever.Because I don't want to spoil anything - and because I can't describe what happens in this film without sounding like a <more>
lunatic, I'll say this: the film follows a solitary Ornithologist who gets lost in the forest and the increasingly strange things that happen to him as he tries to find his way home.Funnily enough, The Ornithologist plays almost like a parody of an art-house film - and like most art-house, this is not a film for everyone. Consider yourself warned. In terms of its structure, the unfolding of its narrative as well as the way it uses images and sounds to unnerve and to hypnotize you - this is either going to infuriate or bewitch viewers. I can happily say that I was completely bewitched. I fell under its spell, it got under my skin in a way that I cannot describe and I couldn't stop thinking about it after I saw it. I am under no illusion that I understand most of what I saw, but watching it I could tell that this is exactly the film that director João Pedro Rodrigues wanted to make - it makes no compromises for anybody.The Ornithologist is daring and strange - there are so many unanswered questions, and I couldn't possibly explain to you what it's about or what happens without sounding certifiably insane, but I am so fine with that - I was completely mesmerized. Give it a chance; you might hate it with every fiber of your being or you might love it and be as enchanted by it as I was.
A meandering Queer riff on the St. Anthony of Padua legend . . . (by asifahsankhan)
The distinct individualism of João Pedro Rodrigues' worldview is turned inward via an unflaggingly intriguing poetical riff on the life of St. Anthony of Padua in "The Ornithologist." While possibly the director's most accessible film to date, calling this visually striking work "accessible" doesn't mean most audiences will fully understand Rodrigues' delightfully meandering paths, nor appreciate his homoerotic, playfully blasphemous modernised hagiography. Religious conservatives will be as apoplectic as they were with Godard's "Hail Mary," <more>
but art-house lovers, including those not always in sync with the "To Die Like a Man" helm-er's style should find much pleasure, even if they're perplexed by what it all means.Narratively, the film gets even more bizarre. A Latin-speaking Amazon performance artist Juliane Elting, whose stage moniker pays fantastic tribute to Julian Eltinge calls Fernando by the name Anthony, and by the time he meets Jesus' identical twin brother, Thomas, actor Hamy has been replaced by director Rodrigues. Visually, "The Ornithologist" is Rodrigues' most classically shot film, and the first entirely lenses outdoors. Regular collaborator Rui Poças brings out the richness of the forest and river canyon in all its natural splendours, at times almost hinting at a European version of the sylvan spirit of Thai magical realism rather than the lurid spectacle of the director's "The Last Time I Saw Macao." Unsurprisingly given both the title and the director's academic training, avian scenes are lovingly realised and a constant source of wonder.
this is a portugese film. I don't see many. I didn't realize just how different portugese is from Spanish. now I understand why they can't understand one another. anyway, Fernando is a bird watcher in the wilds of Portugal. again, who knew. after an accident he is found half dead by two Chinese women, who nurse him back to life. this does not work out so well for him. he later runs into a deaf mute goat herder, and that turns into a disaster. I am not sure if we are dealing in allegory, mysticism, metaphysics or what. the portugese forests are beautiful, as is the movie. there is <more>
full frontal male nudity and frontal female as well. there is a brief scene with two men kissing and rolling around on the ground. which might disturb some. nothing happens. the scenery reminded me of brazil, which I guess is appropriate. not sure if it's for everyone, but I liked it. in a way it's one man vs. the elements with religion thrown in. peace.l