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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, first billed only:
Paul Hamy ... Fernando
João Pedro Rodrigues ... António
Xelo Cagiao Xelo Cagiao ... Jesus / Tomé
Han Wen Han Wen ... Fei
Chan Suan Chan Suan ... Ling
Jules Elting Jules Elting ... Caçadora Loira (as Juliane Elting)
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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Where's my medicine?
30 September 2018 | by clarkshullSee all my reviews

The best thing that can be said about this film is that it's not predictable. I kept watching just to see what ridiculous thing would happen next. When the bare- breasted huntresses on horseback appeared--one blowing a horn, I lost it. If anything, it makes for good conversation when talking with friends about weird movies.

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Portugal | France | Brazil

Release Date:

20 October 2016 (Portugal) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,132, 25 June 2017

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2.35 : 1
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