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Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (2015)

As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 29 July 2015 (France)
Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Crista Alfaiate Crista Alfaiate ... Génio / Vaca Estropiada
Chico Chapas Chico Chapas ... Simão 'Sem Tripas'
Luísa Cruz Luísa Cruz ... Juíza
Pedro Caldas Pedro Caldas ... Senhorio
Gonçalo Waddington ... Filho que Rouba / Careto / Vasco
Margarida Carpinteiro Margarida Carpinteiro ... Mãe / Glória
Carla Maciel ... Nora
Gracinda Nave ... Mulher que Cisma
Carloto Cotta ... Careto
Mariana Martins Mariana Martins ... Surda-Muda
Pedro Inês ... Advogado
José Manuel Mendes José Manuel Mendes ... Técnico Segurança Social
Américo Silva Américo Silva ... Negociante de Gado
Manuel Mozos Manuel Mozos ... Detetor de Mentiras
Jing Jing Guo Jing Jing Guo ... Amante Chinesa


Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.

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Release Date:

29 July 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

1001 Nacht: Volume 2: Der Verzweifelte See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$142, 5 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,197, 21 February 2016
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Disappointing in spite of all positive review. I feel the need for a counter voice
12 July 2016 | by JvH48See all my reviews

Saw this at the Filmfest 2015 Ghent (Belgium) as part of the section Global Cinema. There were 3 volumes a 2 hours screened after another with nearly an hour in between to stretch our legs. I admit upfront that I only saw the 2nd and 3rd volume. I missed nr 1 as it overlapped with another movie that I eagerly wanted to see. Maybe I missed important clues revealed in the 1st volume, as I found the two volumes that I actually saw disappointing, and then I express myself mildly. Of course, I was prejudiced by the very many positive reviews, and am fully prepared to think it's all my fault. Nevertheless, I urgently feel the need to raise a counter voice, as I had serious trouble to find another review supporting my negative opinion. I located one (and only one) submitted as a user review on IMDb by FrostyChud, dated 5th of August 2015, titled "One of the worst films I've ever seen." very appropriately.

The only part that I found edible was in Volume 2, the middle part "The tears of the judge". It started all right while revealing a chain of guilt and misdeed involving nearly all present in court, though it became a bit silly after a cow entered the proceedings, and the group of five masked crooks did not make it any better. The intentions of the other two stories in Volume 2 escaped me.

The whole 3-volume project was announced as commentary on Portuguese economical politics, but I failed to connect the dots. Same a fortiori applies to Volume 3. I did not see Volume 1, and I don't regret missing it in any way. Still wondering about the many positive reviews. Technically there is nothing wrong with this tour-de-force that lasts over 6 hours in total: camera, lighting, casting and acting seem all right, and it looks like all participants did the best they could with the material at hand.

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