Mistérios de Lisboa (Mysteries of Lisbon) (2010) by Raoul Ruiz
Mysteries of Lisbon plunges us into a veritable whirlwind of adventures and escapades, coincidences and revelations, sentiments and violent passions, vengeance, love affairs, all wrapped in a rhapsodic voyage that takes us from Portugal to France, Italy, and as far as Brazil.In this Lisbon of intrigue and hidden identities, we encounter a series of characters all somewhat linked to the destiny of Pedro da Silva, orphan in a boarding school. Father Dinis, a descendent of the aristocratic libertines, later becomes a hero who defends justice, a countess maddened by her jealousy and set on her vengeance, a prosperous businessman who had mysteriously made his fortune as a bloodthirsty pirate; these and many more all cross in a story set in the 19th century and all searching for the true identity of our main character.
Matthew Lucas (MUBI):
Labyrinthine epic runs over 4 hours long, yet remains consistently engrossing. Unfolding like a great novel, MYSTERIES OF LISBON centers around a young boy growing up in an orphanage, whose quest to discover his true identity leads him through three decades and multitudes of people, who drift in and out of his life, each telling their own stories. A sprawling and grand literary feast of exotic characters and locales.
+ Superb set design (man-o-man, those interiors are seriously grandiose), full-blown intrigue, hard-core romanticism (women in this movie are so delicate that they don’t simply blush, they faint), some awesome tracking shots and camera angles, tons of characters, locations, languages, sub-plots, costumes. And all that over 4.5 hours.
[Seen @ Curzon Soho, London, on 18 Dec 2011]