Arabian Nights: Volume 3, the Enchanted One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado) Reviews

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August 2, 2019
A six-and-a-half hour triptych that is unlike anything you've ever seen.
April 3, 2019
For all Gomes's skill, the conviction remains that a single, more focused film would be a more compelling prospect.
March 7, 2019
Viewed through the haze of Gomes's film, the book emerges as a sumptuous, hyper version of the filmmaker's previous works-above all, in the way that it offers lessons in stories that require the presence of another story.
August 21, 2017
All told, the trilogy plays like a cry of frustration from a filmmaker who loves the people at the bottom and loathes the people at the top.
June 17, 2016
A colorful interpretation of the Portuguese crisis seen through a fantasy lens. [Full review in Spanish]
June 17, 2016
The most self reflective film in the trilogy. [Full review in Spanish]
May 6, 2016
A rambling odyssey through austerity-hit Portugal via Baghdad in the age of antiquity.
May 5, 2016
Rules dont mean much to Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes and he concludes his masterly triptych by confounding expectations ...
May 5, 2016
What a delicate, elegant marvel these movies have been.
April 21, 2016
A glowing lovesong to Portugal performed by a man who has mastered a range of exotic instruments.
April 18, 2016
Funny, exhausting, polemical and poetic, it is a joyous assertion of Gomes' belief that storytelling serves as an escape from reality, and a way to confront and transcend even the most difficult of times.
February 21, 2016
'Arabian Nights' concludes its six-hour tale as a hope for filmmakers to not abandon their audiences in times of trouble, but to engage with them, and listen to them.
January 8, 2016
Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers.
January 6, 2016
It's frustrating to spend six hours with a film and still feel like you're missing something. Even if he shrugs his shoulders about where it all leads, Gomes is among the very few filmmakers compelling enough to follow down that kind of rabbit hole.
January 5, 2016
Gomes has made what will quite possibly be regarded as the definitive film about the global economic crisis.
December 29, 2015
This sprawling, messy epic trips the light fantastic across the screen and right off of it, forming a kind of dream history.
December 18, 2015
Gomes plays with the traditions of the past and the tangible facts of the presents, hoping for a brighter future for his homeland.
December 3, 2015
Arabian Nights locks ordinary struggles and scrubby Portuguese country sides into Byzantine framing devices, faithful to the credo that any story can be interesting if it's told in an interesting way.
December 1, 2015
The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance.
November 18, 2015
Cinema doesn't get a lot more inventive, resourceful, socially engaged and daring than this.
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