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Mysteries of Lisbon

Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel by Camilo Castelo Branco evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. The core story centers on Joao, the bastard child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his quest to discover the truth of his parentage. But this is just the start of an engrossing tale that follows a multitude of characters whose fates conjoin, separate and then rejoin again over three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

Year: 2010
Genre: Drama, Spanish & Portuguese Cinema, Film Festivals 2011
Country: France, Portugal
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Clotilde Hesme, Lea Seydoux, Adriano Luz, Maria Joao Bastos, Ricardo Pereira
Duration: 272 Minutes
Rating: M - Content may disturb
Subtitles: Yes
7.5/10
Location in store: Foreign (Spain)

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