The Ornithologist

Genre:  Drama
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: August 25, 2017 - Calgary

Current rating: Rating: 3.00
based on 4 votes and 1 reviews
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Cast: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan


During an observation mission on a river in northern Portugal, ornithologist Fernando is distracted by the flight of a bird and drifts into the rapids. Fei and Ling, two female Chinese tourists who’ve converted to Christianity, find him unconscious. The two women, who now believe in forest spirits, drug Fernando and tie him to a tree when they believe they’ve been cursed. He eventually works himself free and wanders through the forest, where he finds the front part of his kayak. Further on he sees the rear portion of the boat planted in the sand, surrounded by balloons and animal skulls. In the sand he finds his ID cards, with burned-out eyes in his photo. At night, the ornithologist ventures into the woods, where men dressed as birds dance around a fire during a ritual as strange as it is terrifying. Other surprises await the scientist, who will emerge from the adventure completely transformed.

Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Studio: Strand Releasing
Producer(s): João Figueiras, Diogo Varela Silva
Screenplay: João Pedro Rodrigues

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  • 1 star "Bizzare, long and boring."
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