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Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

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Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Greg Latter (screenplay), Ulrich Herrmann (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Irons ... Raimund Gregorius
Mélanie Laurent ... Young Estefânia
Jack Huston ... Amadeu
Martina Gedeck ... Mariana
Tom Courtenay ... Older João Eça
August Diehl ... Young Jorge O'Kelly
Bruno Ganz ... Older Jorge O'Kelly
Lena Olin ... Older Estefânia
Marco D'Almeida Marco D'Almeida ... Young João
Beatriz Batarda ... Young Adriana
Christopher Lee ... Father Bartolomeu
Charlotte Rampling ... Older Adriana
Nicolau Breyner Nicolau Breyner ... Da Silva
Jane Thorne Jane Thorne ... Older Clotilde
Burghart Klaußner ... Judge Prado
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Storyline

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 Anonymous

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Only when you are lost can you truly find yourself. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of violence, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Comboio Noturno Para Lisboa See more »

Filming Locations:

Caxias, Portugal See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€7,700,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,962,375, 13 September 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene when Adriana (Charlotte Rampling) first meets Raimund in her home has a lot of similarities with the scene in Angel Heart (1987) where Charlotte Rampling's character Margaret Krusemark receives Harry Angel (Mickey Rourke) in her home. In both scenes, it's the first (and rather uncomfortable meeting) between the characters. In both scenes, Rampling offers tea and makes some comments about the choice of tea. In both scenes, a maid is asked to bring the tea and an old photograph of the father of Ramplings character is discussed and becomes important to the scene. See more »

Goofs

When Raimund (Irons) comes to the hotel (my timer shows 51 minute of the movie length), he takes the keys, and then in the room he opens the closet door, and we see the film crew members (the two contours) reflecting in mirror of that door. See more »

Quotes

Raimund Gregorius: Look at these eyes. Tell me what they reveal.
Mariana: They melancholic, but hopeful; tired, but persistent... contradictory.
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Connections

Referenced in Forushande (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Nunca & Tarde
Composer: Annette Focks
Lyrics & Vocal: Maria Carvalho
Portugese Guitar: David Pircher
Guitar: António de Brito, Cello: Benjamin Walbrodt
Sound Mixer: Tim Tautorat
Recording & Mix Strudio: Emil Berlin Studios
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The life would ask what did you do in your life.
12 November 2013 | by Reno RanganSee all my reviews

I am glad that I saw this movie. It was based on the novel which tells about a Swiss professor called Raimund who saves a young woman from jumping off the bridge. Then the girl disappears, so the Raimund got her red coat and a book. He starts to read it to find why she was trying to kill herself. That he finds something deep inside which is more than he had in his life. So he abandons his class in half way and pursue the thrilling adventurous quest to find more about the person he read in the book. Everything he was curious about is only grows bigger than he imagined. He meets many people regarding that book and they tell the same stories from each of their own perspectives which happened in back 70s. Now, Rainmund asks one question himself after knowing everything and it might be yours too if you saw the movie.

The movie looked exact copy of a novel, like I read some novel. The story telling which transforms the screen constantly between now and 70s were clearly maintained with its destination until the last 10- 20 minutes. Once you know the final conclusion, you may say is that it's because some of you might expect something bigger. But the middle aged or older guys who had experienced life very well will know the meaning of it. Yeah I believe the movie might more suitable for those kinda audience than youngsters.

It was a nice performance by such a great British actor Jeremy Irons. Like I said the story had two diversions, one which set in present time and another in 70s. The present time tale was totally ruled by Jeremy Irons, I liked it more than the 70s tale. The problem with flashback story was its ending, it was very simple especially I expected bit detailed explanation behind character Amadeu's death. And also his failed relationship with Estafania could have been more reasonable. However I am not disappointed with the movie, it was a quite nice drama, in fact awesome. I am not a book fanatic but I love movies based on the novels especially movie like 'Night Train to Lisbon' I won't miss. I say you must go for it if you like the movies which gives more priority to innovative characters than usual theme.

8/10


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