Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon

Award-winning 19th-century tale following a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman, and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil where they meet a variety of mysterious individuals in a series of intersecting stories.

"The fate of a dozen characters intertwine over three decades, as one man's journey to find his parents takes him on a continent-spanning odyssey in Mysteries of Lisbon, a 19th-century tale of desire, indiscretions and hidden identity. Acclaimed France-based Chilean filmmaker Raúl Ruiz delves into a complex literary world with this adaptation of Camilo Castelo Branco's saga of the same name. Originally created as a six-part television mini-series, for theatrical release it has been concentrated into an engaging four-and-a-half-hour epic." (Melbourne International Film Festival 2011)

2010272 minsFrance, PortugalPortugese, French and English with English Subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema

Mysteries of Lisbon / Reviews

Total Film

Total Film

Expect countless stolen identities, romantic betrayals and aristocratic female beauties, all ravishingly shot on DV.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An absorbing, astonishingly fast four and a quarter hours.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

For those with open minds, the cinema of Ruiz offers enormous and unique pleasure.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

I got a little lost while watching "Mysteries of Lisbon" and enjoyed the experience.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Straightforward, with a classical sheen, even as mischief and hallucination puncture the serene surface.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A superbly guilty pleasure for a rainy day.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Storytelling of breathtaking scale and grandeur, even if the complex plotting may twist your synapses along the way.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

For all its visual invention and full-blooded melodrama, Mysteries Of Lisbon never tilts to full-on crazy.

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