João Pedro Rodrigues
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About the Movie
In the latest film from João Pedro Rodrigues (“To Die Like a Man”) a solitary ornithologist, Fernando, embarks on a journey searching for an elusive species of stork but is quickly swept away by raging rapids. Rescued by a pair of Chinese pilgrims, Fernando ends up plunging headlong into an eerie and dark forest in this “transfixing spiritual and sexual odyssey” (The Los Angeles Times).
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 50
- Fresh: 45
- Rotten: 5
- Average Rating: 7.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Mr. Rodrigues ultimately delivers an intriguing, daring film that is likely to surprise both his fans and moviegoers unfamiliar with his work.
Fresh: A delightfully meandering, playfully queer riff on the St. Anthony of Padua legend that uses the classic man-in-a-forest motif on a journey of self-discovery.
Fresh: "The Ornithologist" is both an opaque narrative and a deeply inviting one.
Fresh: This gorgeously realized feature, shot entirely outdoors, explores the agony and ecstasy of a birdwatcher called Fernando, whose encounters after an accident in a nature reserve start to echo elements of the life of Anthony of Padua.