The homoerotic affirmation revolts saint’s credo into psicoan. canonization. The pilgrimage fathoms the carnal psyche lacerated by feminine affection (Diana, Athena Noctua, castration); an oppression that increments as strive for rebellion occurs (Pagan rites).Gay tantrum ceases in the ho(ly)rrific revelation that Jesus is(whatever union)Lord and letting Thomas expunge his doubt experiencing Christ wound on himself.
Schroeter's enchanted forest of death and ritualization; the virtually pornographic body from Cronenberg's surgical period. Immersion in a landscape made of profusion, either of senses as of significant traces, wandering signs. Although some unexpectedly irrelevant images -the birds'subjective look by drone movements- the metamorphosis that so much generated João Pedro's films finally finds its strict transcription.
I think i need to deal with this movie a while longer, although it is beautifully filmed, i'm afraid it is just too closed on its creator's background and imagery; and that's something that i usually enjoy on other movies.
Maybe my emotional involvement with the film blurs my judgement, maybe it just has too many things I like - beautiful cinematography! unholy symbolism and religious provocations! homoerotic scenes! fierce amazons! a little body horror! - but I can only say that I'm incredibly proud of being a small part of this story and getting to know two directors I admire - Rodrigues and Guerra da Mata. Need to re-watch it soon.
Um Santo António dos tempos modernos, que pretende tudo menos ser beatificado. A fotografia faz jus à beleza da fauna e flora portuguesa, o único senão é mesmo a dobragem da voz de JPR sobre a de Paul Hamy, que retira alguma da naturalidade do diálogo.
Of the films of his I've seen, the common denominator seems to be this sort of gleeful mash-up of favourites/stylistic homage. It works better elsewhere. There's something about this film that tries too hard, while awkwardly (i.e. consistently) missing the mark. Somehow more immature & undeveloped than earlier works. The Portuguese wilderness is pretty breathtaking though; I'm glad he got financing to film it..? 2.75
Starts out like a beautifully peaceful meditation on nature and wanders into a morally ambiguous quagmire. Without knowing that it was a reinterpretation of Saint Anthony I felt like I was watching an externalised psychic battle of the homoerotic strive for acceptance under the weight of religious persecution. A little sniff of Stranger by the Lake as well. 3 stars.
Some viewers will find “The Ornithologist” pretentious and philosophically boring while some others will see it as an avant-garde cult film of haunting expression. It will all depend on your openness and state of mind. (3.5 stars)