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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
Plot:
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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34 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Perfect match of director and material, 1 June 2011
Author: timmy_501 from United States

When Raoul Ruiz adapts existing material, he tends to reconfigure the narrative in a playful way, often obliterating all coherence in the process. In his writings on film, specifically Poetics of Cinema, he is quite critical of what he calls central conflict theory. The idea behind this theory is that narrative, especially film narrative, must be built around a single conflict and that every aspect of the plot must build on this conflict one way or another. Ruiz noticed this phenomenon and gave it a name, but it was so common that popular screen writing guides used it as an incontrovertible rule. Poetics of Cinema is devoted almost entirely to explaining and criticizing central conflict theory. Ruiz was never content merely to criticize this simplistic yet ubiquitous narrative structure in writing, however; commentary on it is often embedded in the films he makes. Unsurprisingly, his films intentionally eschew anything resembling this structure but they tend to go even further and offer playful deconstructions of the concept.

Although I can't claim much familiarity with the novel Ruiz is adapting in Mysteries of Lisbon (it apparently hasn't been translated to English yet) it undoubtedly lends itself especially well to his ludic, subversive style. Rather than follow the conflict of a single continuous narrative, Mysteries of Lisbon explores several interrelated narrative strands that complement one another unusually well as they're full of cases of important coincidental relationships and frustrated love affairs. Thus, Ruiz has less to subvert and more to emphasize.

Ruiz's visual style has always been highly unusual. He favors the frequent use of Dutch angles and he often creates startling juxtapositions with his unusual framing techniques and occasional superimpositions. While these unusual techniques are always welcome, they can become somewhat exhausting when they occur frequently. Since Mysteries of Lisbon is unusually long (the version I watched was around 260 minutes) it's perhaps unsurprising that Ruiz manages to space these out carefully enough to draw attention to all the right places and break up the monotony of the more conventional period piece style he favors in this film. Even at its least inspired, however, Mysteries of Lisbon offers far more visual stimulation than the stuffy fidelity of a film by Merchant and Ivory or Oscar fodder such as The King's Speech. Unlike most directors working with similar material, Ruiz captures vast landscapes and baroque interiors with the same effortless mastery. Even the frequent long takes are made more interesting by carefully employed tracking shots.

Mysteries of Lisbon represents the rare combination of a director at the top of his game working with material perfectly suited for his unique sensibilities. Cinema doesn't get much better than this.

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