A transgressive, transfixing, terrifying journey into the innermost reaches of the soul by way of Portugal. This is interesting spiritual filmmaking and there is something to enjoy formally even if you are not steeped in Catholic history (I am not). Rodrigues succeeds at displaying the humanity of Christ on screen in a way that many have tried and failed.
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.
Bizarre and mysterious, sensual, erotic, puzzling and disturbing, Rodrigues takes us again on an intimate quest where he blends religious myths with his own soul-searching fantasies and spiritual desires. This quest results in a visually stunning work, where the boundaries between the actual and the surreal, history and mythology disappear.
A movie that demands you follow its references studiously, and it's only blandly suggestive if you can't. What plays out on the surface is a mildly attractive erotic mysticism based on the beauty of its star, Paul Hamy. Could be worth looking at more closely, but maybe not.
The ORNITHOLOGIST is a sly despoiler of sacred cows, and a total shaggy dog romp, the development and direction of which any viewer will very quickly forego trying to prognosticate. While the movie is wild and a little feral (though immaculately formally controlled), this pleasure is ultimately the age-old pleasure of storytelling. The Christian subtext and all the skewed weirdness invariably evoke Buñuel.
Rara avis, this one. Rapt in admiring wild birds in free flight, the ornithologist loses his way & enters a terra incognita of sex, death & religion. Hallucinatory yet personal for Rodrigues, this is a pilgrimage en route to a celestial city of another redemptive, liberatory kind. Grounded in an enchanted wilderness and/or an imbalance of drugs, it is bound to stir up polemics with its homoerotic catechism.
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.