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Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon

Mysteries of Lisbon

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Adriano Luz, Maria João Bastos and Ricardo Pereira

year: 2011

colour: yes

certificate:

director: Raoul Ruiz

runtime: 272

Raul Ruiz's masterful adaptation of the eponymous nineteenth-century Portuguese novel (by Camilo Castelo Branco) tells the story of 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.

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