The Ornithologist

Essential Opinion: The Ornithologist (O Ornitólogo)

Imagine the nightmarish horror The Blair Witch Project filtered through the surrealist lens of Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and you’ve likely imagined The Ornithologist, a strange religious parable that is far closer to the stuff of nightmares than anything remotely holy. Coming from the mind of acclaimed Portuguese writer/director João Pedro Rodrigues, the end result is dense with religious mythology, and a wealth of alternate explanations as to the weird going’s on. It may leave you baffled – but it won’t leave you bored, and repeat viewings are only likely to make the film even richer.