The Ornithologist

O Ornitólogo

118 mins
6.8 / 10 (906)


Ornithologist Fernando loses control of his canoe in a wild nature reserve. He is discovered some way off by two Chinese pilgrims, who force him into extreme behaviour to survive a series of brutal tests. An encounter that will mark the start of a mythical journey into north-eastern Portugal.

MUBI's take

João Pedro Rodrigues, a celebrated voice in queer cinema, won Locarno’s Best Director award for this enigmatic work starring Paul Hamy. A bird-watching expedition metamorphoses into a mystical journey fuelled with biblical undertones and strange occurrences in this bewildering and sublime wonder.

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