Director: João Pedro Rodrigues
Writer: João Pedro Rodrigues
Cast: Paul Hamy, Xelo Cagiao, João Pedro Rodrigues, Han Wen, Chan Suan
Part of: Scope100
Seen on: 13.12.2016
Fernando (Paul Hamy) is an ornithologist, set to spend a few solitary days in the wilderness to document a certain bird. When he has a kayaking accident, he drifts along the water and gets saved by two Chinese pilgrims Fei (Han Wen) and Ling (Chan Suan), who pull him out of the water. Since Fei and Ling lost their way and are afraid of the spirits they are sure haunt the woods, they demand that Fernando protects them. When he would rather just go home, things take a turn for the worse.
The Ornithologist managed to grab me twice but never for very long. For the most part, I found it boring, exhausting and uncomfortably religious.
Morrer Como um Homem is a movie by Portuguese film maker João Pedro Rodrigues, starring Fernando Santos, Alexander David and Gonçalo Ferreira De Almeida.
Tonia (Fernando Santos) is the ageing star of a drag show in Lisbon. She has a young (drug-addicted) lover, Rosário (Alexander David) and a son, Zé Maria, (Chandra Malatitch) in trouble. She feels the pressure around her for completing a sex change, but – being very catholic – she isn’t sure whether she should really do it. To get away from it all, she goes on a road trip with Rosário.
There’s much that was done right in the movie, but also much that did go wrong. There were some nice, surreal moments, but also a lot of stereotypes. Tonia is a great character, but her son and the plot revolving around him was unnecessary and disturbed the rest of the film. In the end, the movie seemed to be trying to hard to really get it right.