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Mysteries of Lisbon (2010) More at IMDbPro »Mistérios de Lisboa (original title)

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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.
Mysteries of Lisbon -- Mysteries of Lisbon plunges us into a whirlwind of adventures and escapades, sentiments and violent passions, all wrapped in a rhapsodic voyage that takes us from  Portugal, France, Italy, and as far as Brazil. In this Lisbon of intrigue and hidden identities, we encounter a series of characters all linked to the destiny of Pedro da Silva, an orphan in a boarding school.


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20 October 2010 (France) See more »
An Epic Life He Could Only Imagine
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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DVD Review: 'Mysteries of Lisbon'
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sweeping and epic -- it is more of a MASTERING of Lisbon See more (20 total) »


  (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)
Júlio Salgado ... Aristocrata (uncredited)
Thor Schenker ... Jérôme (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 de Freitas Branco  (as 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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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
sweeping and epic -- it is more of a MASTERING of Lisbon, 26 January 2012
Author: twilliams76 from Kansas City, MO, USA

At four and one-half hours, this is the longest movie I have seen in quite some time. The length will most definitely detract many (as would the costumes and subtitles) from ever sitting down to view this; but I think those with patience and appreciation of "epic"/sweeping storytelling might like this one.

This is the story of Joao, a young orphaned boy (he discovers he's actually a bastard as the story unfolds) living in a Catholic orphanage under the watchful, caring eye of Father Denis. Joao learns of his parentage and where they came from and their circumstances ... and as those stories unfold we learn of different characters in THOSE stories as well.

The film spirals and sweeps and sways with several tangents and characters; but I found it all interesting and actually wanted to continue watching. That each of the stories intertwine and circle each other is part of the "mystery" of the title and parts of the film act and feel as if the entire production is a dream.

It is lovely to look at (gorgeous costumes and sets) and each of the characters has a revelation that continues the "mystery" and the intrigue and drama. The story travels from the streets of Lisbon to Venice to France to Tunis and to Brazil ... it is SWEEPING on a grand-scale as it also spans three decades.

Based on the late author, Camilo Castelo Branco's (who shot himself at the age of 70 b/c he was going blind) novel of the same name, Chilean director Raoul Ruiz has given us his final film (it is masterful) as he died shortly before the film began screening. That it is all so tragic and doomed and romantic is fitting ... as that is exactly what the movie gives its viewer.

I know none of my friends will give this one a shot ... it does require patience. But it is a beauty.

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