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The Ornithologist (2016)

O Ornitólogo (original title)
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Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for black storks when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrims, he plunges into an eerie and dark forest, trying to get back on his track.
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Cast overview:
Paul Hamy ... Fernando
João Pedro Rodrigues João Pedro Rodrigues ... António
Xelo Cagiao Xelo Cagiao ... Jesus / Tomé
Han Wen Han Wen ... Fei
Chan Suan Chan Suan ... Ling
Juliane Elting Juliane Elting ... Caçadora Loira
Flora Bulcao Flora Bulcao ... Caçadora 1
Isabelle Puntel Isabelle Puntel ... Caçadora 2
Alexandre Alverca Alexandre Alverca
André Freitas André Freitas
David Silva Pereira David Silva Pereira
Gil Mendes Da Silva Gil Mendes Da Silva
Miguel Ângelo Marujo Miguel Ângelo Marujo
Nuno Santos Nuno Santos
Ricardo Jorge Ricardo Jorge


Fernando is a 35-year-old ornithologist. He decides to go down a river in a kayak, hoping to find extremely rare black storks. Distracted by the beauty of the landscape, Fernando is soon thrown overboard by the current, and his motionless, bloody body reaches the riverbank. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Certain things occur, it's a question of belief. - St. Anthony of Lisbon


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Paul Hamy, who played the lead Fernando, is a French actor. The director and writer João Pedro Rodrigues dubbed much of Fernando's dialogue. See more »


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Very ambitious, but hard to know what to make of it
19 January 2018 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I can't say that I don't respect this film. There's a lot going on underneath, but it's one of those films that you either get or you don't. I don't think I fully got it, either in a intellectual level or on an emotional one. Even if the former doesn't come at first, if the latter does, that's all that matters. The film lost me, but I also know it's one that will benefit from rewatches and further introspection. I can't wait to really gather my thoughts on it to see how it fares with time for me. In the meantime, I recommend it, with hesitations, but only to the right people.

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Portugal | France | Brazil

Release Date:

20 October 2016 (Portugal) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,132, 25 June 2017

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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