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

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June 5, 2019
Taken on its own, it often feels aimless and scattershot, but when viewed as part of a larger whole, it's spectacular - a wholly unique work of artistic activism.
April 3, 2019
The script's wry sense of humour, the cast's natural performances and a patient directorial style make his message a lot more accessible than it might appear.
August 21, 2017
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.
July 14, 2017
here's nothing superfluous about it. The weight of the passage lies in the accumulation, progression, and collision of these people's stories.
May 30, 2016
A mystical, social and filled with landscapes trip about a Portugal in crisis of everything. [Full review in Spanish]
May 13, 2016
It is strongly advised to watch it over three days, not in a single sitting, especially since that's the best way to absorb its deeply felt compassion.
May 10, 2016
The film fires its political bullets through eccentric humour, madcap digressions, while most importantly, it shows generosity to acknowledge the faces of the men and women whose stories it is telling.
April 24, 2016
Inventive and surprisingly moving.
April 24, 2016
Roll on Volume Two.
April 21, 2016
Needs to be viewed in its entirety in order to appreciate the depth of Portugal's malaise and the bold brilliance of Gomes's conceit.
April 21, 2016
Think of Arabian Nights as a cinematic box set: three boundary-bursting, exuberant, empathetic films from Miguel Gomes, which build up into a portrait of present-day Portugal.
April 21, 2016
Gomes's Arabian Nights exerts its own strange allure.
April 21, 2016
A glowing lovesong to Portugal performed by a man who has mastered a range of exotic instruments.
April 20, 2016
The first volume of Arabian Nights may be rooted more firmly in the present but past fiction and contemporary fact begin to intermingle and overlap in perfect disharmony.
April 19, 2016
a restless work of cultural reframing and repositioning that risks one giant bellyflop
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 22, 2016
Fascinating even in its misfires, this [is a] sprawling and fantastical document of the country's plight in the wake of the global financial crisis.
February 21, 2016
For the patient, 'Arabian Nights' is a marvel. It pushes filmmaking into a new realm of the senses, to a place where it is okay to become sleepy. You know a new jolt will come.
February 18, 2016
An undeniably strange experience, and an oddly valuable one.
February 16, 2016
Across six hours, the film blends documentary-like realism with fantasy sequences and absurdist, lowbrow humour.
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