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Mysteries of Lisbon (2010)

Mistérios de Lisboa (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 20 October 2010 (France)
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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.

Director:

Raoul Ruiz (as Raúl Ruiz)

Writers:

Camilo Castelo Branco (book), Carlos Saboga (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 João Baptista ... D. Pedro da Silva
Martin Loizillon Martin Loizillon ... Padre Dinis Jovem
Julien Alluguette Julien Alluguette ... Benoit de Montfort
Rui Morisson ... Marquês de Montezelos
Joana de Verona ... Eugénia
Carloto Cotta ... D. Álvaro de Albuquerque
Maria João Pinho Maria João Pinho ... Condessa de Vizo
José Manuel Mendes José Manuel Mendes ... Frei Baltazar da Encarnação
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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.

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An Epic Life He Could Only Imagine See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

Portuguese | French | English | Italian

Release Date:

20 October 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Misterios de Lisboa See more »

Filming Locations:

Óbidos, Leiria, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,308, 7 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$110,507, 6 November 2011
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.95:1
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The movie is set during the late 1700's to early 1800's. During the ballroom scene, several shots make it obvious that the gowns worn by the women have zippers in the back but the zipper wasn't invented until 1851. See more »

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sweeping and epic -- it is more of a MASTERING of Lisbon
26 January 2012 | by twilliams76See all my reviews

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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