A masterpiece of storytelling genius in the vein of Arabian Nights
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|Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) - By Raúl Ruiz|
Our Rating: 9.5
Genre: Drama | Mystery
Genre: Drama | Mystery
Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Country: Portugal | France
Language: Portuguese | French | English
Runtime: 272 min
Summary: Follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they connect with a variety of mysterious individuals.
Mysteries of Lisbon (aka Mistérios de Lisboa) is a 2010 Franco-Portuguese romantic period drama film directed by the late Chilean master filmmaker Raúl Ruiz. The screenplay, written by Carolos Saboga, is an adaptation of an 1854 novel of the same name by the celebrated 19th century Portuguese novelist and playwright Camilo Castelo Branco. A prolific writer with a vast oeuvre comprising over 260 different titles—mostly plays, novels and essays—Branco is known for his singular style which was a seamless blend of melodrama, romanticism, wit, sarcasm, pathos, and dark humor. Speaking of prolificacy, Ruiz, with over 100 highly diverse films to his credit, made in different languages, is not far behind. Prior to the coup d’état of 1971 carried under the military command of Augusto Pinochet, Ruiz was the film advisor to Salvador Allende’s socialist government in Chile, but Pinochet’s ouster forced Ruiz to go into exile in Europe which would become his adopted home until his death in August, 2011. Ruiz's final completed feature Night Across the Street (2012) was selected to be screened posthumously in the Directors' Fortnight section of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Since, for the major part of his career, Ruiz neither lived in Latin America nor made his films in the Spanish language, he is sometimes mistaken as a European filmmaker.
|Father Dinis attends to the convalescent João|
|Alberto de Magalhães with wife Eugénia|
|Clotilde Hesme as Elisa de Montfort|
|Léa Seydoux as Blanche de Montfort|
|The Knife Eater (right) encounters Sabino Cabra|
|A Still from Mysteries of Lisbon: Puppet Theatre|
|A Still from Mysteries of Lisbon: The Execution Scene|
|A Still from Mysteries of Lisbon: The Firing Squad Scene|
|A Still from Mysteries of Lisbon: The Duel Sequence|
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