The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo)
The Ornithologist (O ornitólogo) (2017)

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,… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 23, 2017
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Nick Allen

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

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

[A] dynamic, oddly joyful movie.

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Kyle Turner
Slant Magazine

The Ornithologist is not stuck in the muddy waters of dissolution or morbidity. Rather, the director has these various episodes function both as chances in which Fernando's desire and agency are tested, and jokes about those tests.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

Won't be seen by anyone who it might shock and won't surprise anybody who's spent more than a few days around a trendy film festival sidebar.

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Boyd van Hoeij
Hollywood Reporter

This gorgeously realized feature, shot entirely outdoors, explores the agony and ecstasy of a birdwatcher called Fernando, whose encounters after an accident in a nature reserve start to echo elements of the life of Anthony of Padua.

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Roger Moore
Movie Nation

Stunningly strange and out of its time

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

Mr. Rodrigues ultimately delivers an intriguing, daring film that is likely to surprise both his fans and moviegoers unfamiliar with his work.

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Jay Weissberg

A delightfully meandering, playfully queer riff on the St. Anthony of Padua legend that uses the classic man-in-a-forest motif on a journey of self-discovery.

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Shane Slater

Boldly blurs the lines between reality and fantasy, ensnaring the viewer in a mysterious and mesmerizing adventure.

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