A boy in a Lisbon orphanage wonders about his origins, and in response a river of stories flows from the mouths of noblemen, ladies, low-born scoundrels, priests, and sinners. This enveloping dream of an epic narrative experiment comes from the great Chilean-born, France-based filmmaker Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained). The work is based on a 19th-century Portuguese novel with plot material and character identity shifts that could handily fill six months of a juicy, modern-day TV soap opera; indeed, Mysteries of Lisbon is two hours longer in its original Portuguese TV-miniseries format. A
PERIOD PIECES Sofia Aparecio, Helena Coelho, Catarina Wallenstein, and Margarida Vilanova in Mysteries of Lisbon
Starring: Adriano Luz, Ricardo Pereira; Director: Raoul Ruiz; Author: Camilo Castelo Branco, Carlos Saboga; Runtime (in minutes): 257; Distributor: Music Box Films
Posted August 2 2011 — 12:00 AM EDT
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