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The Ornithologist

O Ornitólogo

Joao Pedro Rodrigues’ sublime queer odyssey about a scientist in Portugal’s Douro region embarking on an unexpected transcendental journey.

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Dir João Pedro Rodrigues
Prod João Figueiras, Diogo Varela Silva, Vincent Wang, Antoine Barraud, Gustavo Ángel, Alex García, Maria Fernanda Scardino
Scr João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
With Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal-France-Brazil 2016
118min
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Fernando is an ornithologist on a research trip in Portugal’s Douro region. After a kayaking disaster leaves him for dead, the lone scientist is rescued by two Chinese women on a trek to Santiago de Compostela. However, nothing is quite what is seems and so begins one man’s spiritual and metaphysical journey through the sprawling, often psychedelic woodlands. To give any more away would be to divulge the glorious secrets of this singular cinematic expedition, which comes infused with a profound sense of wonder and palpable hint of magic. Like a queer companion piece to Ciro Guerra’s Embrace of the Serpent, João Pedro Rodrigues’ pastoral meditation on landscape, ethnography and personal transcendence is a visually ravishing, profoundly hypnotic experience. But it’s also a strikingly subversive piece of work from a director with a reputation for defiant risk-taking, delighting and perplexing with its unpredictable narrative and fertile symbolism.

Michael Blyth

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