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Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)
"Mistérios de Lisboa" (original title)

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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.

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Padre Dinis & Sabino Cabra & Sebastião de Melo
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Ângela de Lima
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Elisa de Montfort
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Pedro da Silva Adulto
João Arrais ...
Pedro da Silva Criança (as João Luis Arrais)
Albano Jerónimo ...
Conde de Santa Bárbara
João Baptista ...
D. Pedro da Silva
Martin Loizillon ...
Padre Dinis Jovem
Julien Alluguette ...
Benoit de Montfort
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Marquês de Montezelos
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Carloto Cotta ...
D. Álvaro de Albuquerque
Maria João Pinho ...
Condessa de Vizo
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Frei Baltazar da Encarnação
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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.

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An Epic Life He Could Only Imagine

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20 October 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

I misteri di Lisbona  »

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Budget:

€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,308 (USA) (5 August 2011)

Gross:

$110,507 (USA) (4 November 2011)
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Utterly mesmerising
29 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mysteries of Lisbon in my view is utterly mesmerising, and one of those rare cases where there is no bad thing about it. As an adaptation of the novel, it succeeds wonderfully, on its own terms it is even more impressive. Mysteries of Lisbon may be lengthy at just over four and a half hours. But because everything was so well done, there was not a single moment where I was not transfixed.

On a visual standpoint, Mysteries of Lisbon looks amazing. The photography is gorgeous complete with beautiful-looking scenery and costumes, while there is an atmospheric and striking colour palette. The music does a fine job in conveying the mood of each scene, with not one scene feeling musically out of place.

Mysteries of Lisbon also benefits from a brilliant story. There are several story lines developed (very well) and incorporated throughout, but the main crux of the story told here is so unique and compelling it drew me in immediately. The script is of exceptional quality, often very moving, literate and thoughtful, while the characters have a complexity while being intriguing as well.

When it comes to the acting, there is not a single bad performance, Luz especially in the lead is fantastic. And throughout the direction is superb. Overall, this is mesmerising and highly recommended. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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