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493 Ratings

The Ornithologist

O Ornitólogo

Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal, France, 2016
Drama, LGBT+, Fantasy


Reinterprets a famous Portuguese myth that explores the life of religious figure Saint Antony.

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The Ornithologist Directed by João Pedro Rodrigues
João Pedro Rodrigues isn't the only filmmaker contributing to our current and unmistakably pink-sploitation renaissance. But with all due deference to this, the year of the peach, Rodrigues is arguably the only one who consistently makes films without a safe word. Such is his dogged pursuit of culturally hyperconscious pleasure that he even inverts what would be typically thought of as text and subtext in arty rough trade.
December 08, 2017
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Easier to admire than it is to describe, João Pedro Rodrigues's The Ornithologist dances around motifs of faith, death, and transfiguration without quite asserting what it's all about. The film recognizes its ambiguity, however, and has fun with it, shifting its shape whenever it seems like it's about to settle on a particular message.
June 28, 2017
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[Rodrigues'] approach to this material occasionally brings homoerotic themes to the forefront, and is very 21st-century in its knowing detachment and occasional mischief. By the same token, though, there are times when he flirts with the ridiculous, and delves into it. Mr. Rodrigues ultimately delivers an intriguing, daring film that is likely to surprise both his fans and moviegoers unfamiliar with his work.
June 21, 2017
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