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Mysteries of Lisbon -- Raul Ruiz’s masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel by Camilo Castelo Branco evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens.
Mysteries of Lisbon -- Joao, the illegitimate child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, goes on a quest to discover the truth of his parentage. Nothing, and nobody, is first as it/she/he appears in this spiral of stories within stories within stories.

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Camilo Castelo Branco (book)
Carlos Saboga (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 October 2010 (France) See more »
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An Epic Life He Could Only Imagine
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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. | Add synopsis »
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26 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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DVD Review: 'Mysteries of Lisbon'
 (From CineVue. 15 March 2012, 5:26 PM, PDT)

Water For Elephants, Soul Surfer, The Guard Among Satellite Awards Winners
 (From Alt Film Guide. 19 December 2011, 4:34 PM, PST)

Mysteries of Lisbon – review
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 8 December 2011, 4:05 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Adriano Luz ... Padre Dinis & Sabino Cabra & Sebastião de Melo

Maria João Bastos ... Ângela de Lima

Ricardo Pereira ... Alberto de Magalhães & Come-Facas

Clotilde Hesme ... Elisa de Montfort

Afonso Pimentel ... 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
Rui Morrison ... Marquês de Montezelos
Joana de Verona ... Eugénia
Carloto Cotta ... D. Álvaro de Albuquerque
Maria João Pinho ... Condessa de Vizo
José Manuel Mendes ... Frei Baltazar da Encarnação

Léa Seydoux ... Branca de Montfort
Malik Zidi ... Visconde de Armagnac

Melvil Poupaud ... Colonel Ernesto Lacroze
Margarida Vila-Nova ... Marquesa de Alfarela (as Margarida Vilanova)
Sofia Aparício ... Condessa de Penacova

Catarina Wallenstein ... Condessa de Arosa
André Gomes ... Barão de Sá
Filipe Vargas ... D. Paulo de Albuquerque
José Airosa ... Bernardo
Marco D'Almeida ... Conde de Viso
Martinho Silva ... José Salema

Paulo Pinto ... D. Martinho de Almeida
Vânia Rodrigues ... Dona Antónia
Américo Silva ... Meirinho do Tribunal
Ana Chagas ... Deolinda
António Simão ... Novelista
Dinarte Branco ... Diletante
Duarte Guimarães ... Escrivão
Helena Coelho ... Marquesa de St. Eulália
João Villas-Boas ... Criado (as João Vilas Boas)
Lena Friedrich ... Moçoila
Marcello Urgeghe ... Médico Veneziano

Miguel Monteiro ... Médico da Hospedaria
Nuno Távora ... Diletante

Pedro Carmo ... 1º Cavalheiro
Tiago Fagulha ... Criado
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cleia Almeida ... Francisca (uncredited)
Bruno Ambrósio ... Miudo Líder Escola (uncredited)
Carlos António ... Pescador (uncredited)
Martim Barbeiro ... Filho do enforcado (uncredited)

António Pinhão Botelho ... Homem na Festa (uncredited)

Joana Botelho ... Criadita (uncredited)
Ana Sofia Campos ... Maria Amália (uncredited)
São José Correia ... Anacleta dos Remédios (uncredited)
Raquel Dias ... Adelaide (uncredited)
Leonor Figueiredo ... Emília do Coreto (uncredited)
Afonso Lagarto ... Guarda (uncredited)
Sofia Leite ... Prelada (uncredited)
Beatriz Leonardo ... Dona Antónia (uncredited)
Sofia Marques ... (uncredited)
Eduardo Martins ... (uncredited)
Rui Neto ... Azarias (uncredited)
Leonor Vasconcelos ... Emília do Loreto (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Ruiz  (as Raúl Ruiz)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Camilo Castelo Branco  book
Carlos Saboga  screenplay

Produced by
Paulo Branco .... producer
Madalena Villaverde .... assistant producer
 
Original Music by
Jorge Arriagada (original music by)
Luís Freitas Branco 
 
Cinematography by
André Szankowski 
 
Film Editing by
Carlos Madaleno 
Valeria Sarmiento 
 
Casting by
Patrícia Vasconcelos 
 
Art Direction by
Isabel Branco 
 
Set Decoration by
Paula Szabo 
 
Production Management
Sofia Carvalho .... unit production manager
João Matos .... unit manager
Anne Mattatia .... executive in charge of production
Ana Pinhão .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emídio Miguel .... second assistant director
João Pinhão .... first assistant director
José Maria Vaz da Silva .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Catarina Sampaio .... graphics designer
 
Sound Department
Ricardo Leal .... sound
António Lopes .... sound re-recording mixer
Miguel Martins .... sound mixer
José Moreira .... sound effects editor
Vladan Nedeljkov .... foley artist
António Pedro Figueiredo .... boom operator
Tiago Romão .... boom operator
Aleksandra Stojanovic .... foley artist
 
Special Effects by
Óscar Vasconcelos .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Jorge Anjos .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Christian Magis .... gaffer
Paulo Miguel .... grip
João Natividade .... focus puller
Ricardo Simoes .... video assist operator
André Szankowski .... camera operator
 
Casting Department
Diogo Camões .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tania Franco .... wardrobe coordinator
 
Music Department
Orchestre Colonne .... music performed by
Laurent Petitgirard .... conductor
 
Other crew
Bruno Adrião .... production assistant
Carla Capela .... production secretary
Paulo MilHomens .... script supervisor
 

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Also Known As:
"Mistérios de Lisboa" - Portugal (original title)
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272 min (Toronto International Film Festival) | Portugal:272 min
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Conversations reveal complicated pasts in this epic Portuguese novel brought to life, 26 September 2011
Author: chaz-28 from Rockville, MD

The Mysteries of Lisbon are not so much mysteries as they are a series of conversations which always lead to some sort of revelation. These revelations are melodramatic punch lines with interlocking characters continuously finding out who their parents are, where they came from, the results of lost loves, and everything in between. If the script was written in a linear fashion with no time jumps or flashbacks, there would be no mysteries; it would just be a meandering retelling of Romeo and Juliet (and all of their cousins).

The word meandering sounds harsh and an indictment of a script which does not know where it is going. However, I mean meandering as in there are multiple lead characters to follow and each of them has a very complicated past which takes its time to tell. The Mysteries of Lisbon is four and a half hours long; the director threw out accepted norms for audience patience in favor of showing the whole story. It is based on an 1854 novel by the Portuguese author Camilo Castelo Branco and it appears it was filmed in an unabridged fashion.

The main character is a village priest, Padre Denis (Adriano Luz), who at first is indirectly involved in a couple's forbidden love affair and then purposefully injects himself into their lives and then into everyone else's life who comes into contact with their troubles. Even though the priest is the interconnecting cog in the middle of all of these characters, he is not the narrator. That role is given to an orphan the priest looks after and becomes a driving force of his own later on.

The director, Raul Ruiz, obviously loves conversations, but only deep and emotionally scarring ones. Every conversation or recounting of a previous conversation has its own 30 minute segment it seems. The characters, usually just two, sit in a room and then the scene fades into flashback on what happened in the past which will now illuminate the present. I believe the time shifts were included to create the mystery. The author deliberately created the tension of not knowing and the 'a-ha' discovery moments because he could not have accomplished the same moments with a realistic, linear timeline.

The action is mostly set in Portugal and appears to be in the early 1800s but after Napoleon. The Emperor is frequently referenced but only in the past tense. Many of the characters are nobles so the costume designer had a true feast in outfitting so many people in remarkable period dress. The Portuguese scenery and elaborate set designs are also enjoyable; somebody really took their time to make the set look intensely real. The lighting is also employed to convey a sense of realness. There seems to be no artificial lighting whatsoever. Light only comes through windows during the day and the rooms are terrifically dark at night. The candles never flicker so there must be some source of artificiality, but it is not noticeable. Unfortunately, Raul Ruiz recently passed away on 19 August. He was Chilean born but left Chile in 1973 when Augusto Pinochet took power. The Mysteries of Lisbon is his final film and is of such epic proportions it appears he was thinking about this film for a long time before he finally took the plunge.

I recommend this film, but be careful. Watch it only if you appreciate long, intense scenes of dialogue or appreciate the intricate details of period films. There is extremely little action and drawn out sequences with no words spoken at all; however, there is character with the endearing name 'Knife Eater'. If these aspects do not scare you, then sit back and enjoy because you are in for a real treat. You will not see a film like this from an American director; no studio would ever sign off on a movie this long, not if they expect it to make any money.

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