Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015) - Rotten Tomatoes

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015)

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto) (2015)

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This unconventional blend of documentary and fantasy uses the stories-within-stories structure of the classic Arabian Nights to explore the lives of ordinary people in austerity-stricken, contemporary Portugal. Among the tales: A group of bankers discover a cure for impotence, a rooster is put on trial for crowing too early in the morning, and a group of jobless citizens go swimming on New Year's Day. Directed by Miguel Gomes.

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Cast

Crista Alfaiate
as Punk Maria
Americo Silva
as Grand Vizier
Carloto Cotta
as Tradutor
Rogério Samora
as Prime Minister
Luisa Cruz
as Judge in The Tears of the Judge
Chico Chapas
as Simao 'Without Bowels'
Gonçalo Waddington
as Vania's Boyfriend Vasco
Joana de Verona
as Judges Daughter/Vania
Jing Jing Guo
as Speaker For The Twelve Chinese Ladies
Carlos Loureiro
as Rui Miguel
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Critic Reviews for Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto)

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7)

The films are enchanting for their irony, their humanity, and their reflexiveness.

February 4, 2016 | Full Review…

The subtitle tells the truth; here is a wonderfully restless movie.

February 4, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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 8, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Each of these stories slowly unfurls its metaphoric underpinning and meaning in modern Portuguese politics just in time for the next fable to begin.

December 4, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There is a fine line between delving into the mysteries of life and engaging in mystification, and Mr. Gomes lands on the wrong side of it.

December 3, 2015 | Full Review…

The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance.

December 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto)

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A restless director plunges us in a brilliant blend of documentary and fiction to comment on the political situation of contemporary Portugal: austerity, economic crisis, unemployment and the emptiness of our times; and he does so with a lot of compassion and a wonderful humor.

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