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Set along a sublime river fjord in northern Portugal, "The Ornithologist" adapts the story of Saint Anthony of Padua - also known as Saint Anthony of Lisbon, a Portuguese Catholic priest and canonized Franciscan friar who is the patron saint of finding lost people and things - as it enacts the fraught pilgrimage of Fernando (Paul Hamy), a hunky ornithologist whose search for the rare and threatened black stork leads to an eventful and suspenseful journey of encounter, danger, and lust, on the path toward total enlightenment. After his concentrated bird surveying causes his boat to capsize, the unconscious Fernando is washed ashore and rescued by two young, seemingly innocent female Chinese pilgrims, who are lost on their way to Santiago de Compostela. Thereafter, the film bends genres and busts taboos as Fernando is forced into extreme action in order to survive a series of brutal, Stations-of-the-Cross-style tests, his metamorphosis observed all the while by the eerily placid gaze of the birds above.

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Based on 8 The Ornithologist reviews, The Ornithologist gets an average review score of 84.
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www.hollywoodreporter.comCinema
The fifth feature from Portuguese art house treasure Joao Pedro Rodrigues stars French actor Paul Hamy as Fernando, a man whose life bears a striking resemblance to Saint Anthon...
1204d ago
100/100
www.villagevoice.comCinema
Though full of mysteries, and, like all of Rodrigues’s work, consistently unpredictable from scene to scene, The Ornithologist may be the director’s most conventional narrative.
1204d ago
90/100
variety.comCinema
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.
1204d ago
3.5/4
www.rogerebert.comCinema
The beguiling setting of João Pedro Rodrigues’ “The Ornithologist” is that of a Portuguese forest, where animals coexist and the woods are peaceful.
1204d ago
B+/A+
thefilmstage.comCinema
By its climax of sorts — featuring a blatantly fake throat slit and blood squib followed by a jaunty pop song over the end credits — it’s clear the film may be a goof on Rodrigu...
1204d ago
3/4
www.slantmagazine.comCinema
The film revels in a hushed and lucid expressionist naturalism that’s reminiscent of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker.
1204d ago
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