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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.
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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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 Morisson ... 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 le jardinier (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 
 
Makeup Department
Nuno Esteves .... makeup artist
 
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
João Paulo Santos .... props
 
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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"Mistérios de Lisboa" - Portugal (original title)
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272 min
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50 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
An experience not to be missed on the big screen, 1 April 2011
Author: Fotodude

It's almost a miracle to find a film like this one in theaters nowadays. An exceptional rarity, something that reminds you that cinema like this can still be achieved. Being a period piece, and with almost 5 hours of runtime (the 15-minute intermission included), it defies almost every convention of commercial cinema. And it doesn't drag one bit; every minute of the film is required, and while it absorbs you and doesn't let go, you feel grateful for it… For those magical hours of hypnotic escapism.

"Mysteries of Lisbon" is en epic, mesmerizing adaptation of the homonym novel by Camilo Castelo Branco. It tells a series of interconnected stories set mostly in 19th century Lisbon, although the main plot is pretty much unique. In any case, the way each story leads to the other and how it all comes together towards the end is brilliant. The two main characters are Pedro da Silva and Padre Dinis; a priest and an orphan destined to form a close bond. But all characters are carefully fleshed out; apart from those two, Ângela de Lima (Pedro's mother) or Alberto de Magalhães, among others, stand out. It is the film's purpose to explore the enigmatic nature of most of these people, leaving them and coming back to them with deeply measured fluency, bringing forward through the set occasional details of their personality, frequently using voice-overs to convey their inner thoughts while staying faithful to the literary source material.

This last idea is also present in how much the act of observation matters in this film. In a great number of scenes, a lesser character is either listening to what is happening or watching that given scene from a distance, thus often adopting the viewer's external point of view. This objective is made clear through the miniaturist theater that Pedro receives as a present from his mother, a toy that Ruiz goes back to on several occasions to mark the transition between a scene and the next. It is a beautiful little trick and, in some way, it provides part of the film's complexity. This complexity is reinforced by a few ambiguous notes, some surrealist touches and of course the multiple layers of the plot.

Another remarkable aspect is the use of clear-cut sequence shots for the majority of scenes, each of those shots more impressive than the other. The film has therefore very few close-ups, something that would also contribute to create a certain distance with the viewer. Only in a couple of situations (usually of lesser significance) does Ruiz go back to a more orthodox way of shooting. But those delightfully crafted sequence shots give the film an extraordinary, almost intoxicating energy, especially when they are accompanied by the film's haunting score. That way, every shot is a wonder in terms of composition, but also as far as the lighting is concerned. Just a few marvelous examples would be the scene at the opera hall or when Alberto de Magalhães confronts another man while Padre Dinis is traveling in the calash. Indeed, this must be one of the most striking films I've had the chance to see on the big screen.

On the whole, this is a moving, tragic and awe-inspiring masterpiece. A feast for the senses, and an immediate entry in my top 50. *****

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