Film review: Mysteries of Lisbon and Footnote

By Helene Wong In Film

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14th April, 2012
If you have four-and-a-half hours to spare and fancy luxuriating in a movie, look no further than Mysteries of Lisbon. Based on a 19th-century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, it is an epic saga sprawling across three decades and multiple locations, weaving in and out of the lives of Portuguese nobility, priests, gypsies and pirates. In the assured and experienced hands of Chilean director Raúl Ruiz, its leisurely pacing never drags, since every moment, look and gesture accumulates information and meaning to propel you on. Even passages heavy with exposition seem to flow because of ...

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