About an aging Swiss professor of classical languages who, after a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman, quits his job and travels to Lisbon in the hope of discovering the fate of a certain author, a doctor and poet who fought against Portuguese dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. Written by
There are some language issues in the movie that one could take as goofs. But in fact the movie takes English as a convention. The option to maintain Portuguese where logical would had made it a Portuguese-spoken film trough the entire flashback and even some present scenes. So, all the characters speak English, even if they should speak Portuguese, or German. The reference to their actual language is made trough their accents. That's why most of the actors playing Portuguese - even Brits - speak English with an effort to have the typical Portuguese accent. See more »
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We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. Now we have covered the stretch of our lives, no matter how brief it may have been.
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I should start by saying if you're older (say 45 or more) you should definitely check out this movie. It has some lines in it that are extraordinary and it's worth seeing just for those nuggets. This is one of those movies that talks to you at a personal level. I don't want to describe too much of it because that would ruin the whole point.
But, I will say...
The director moves you along at such a perfect pace that you almost feel like you're floating. The topics aren't casual but he hovers over them at just the right height.
The acting is right on the money, it suits the movie perfectly, no one is out of step.
The story moves seamlessly between past and present, you won't feel a bump anywhere. It's true, the movie is multi-layered, but the straight up story is more than enough.
And the ending is perfect for this type of movie.
It really is worth the watch, but as I mentioned you might need to be a little older to really...
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