The Ornithologist | Chicago Reader

The Ornithologist

118 minutes 2016

Like the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, João Pedro Rodrigues of Portugal alternates between experimental shorts and narrative features, each informing the other. This strange and beautiful drama—about a bird lover who gets lost in the mountains and winds up on a spiritual odyssey—plays freely with story structure and sound design, and the influence of nonnarrative cinema is evident in passages that privilege setting over character. Rodrigues is interested in carnal as much as spiritual desire, granting every interpersonal encounter an erotic charge and bringing the natural environment to life. In English and subtitled Portuguese, Mandarin, Mirandese, and Latin.

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