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

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February 4, 2016
The films are enchanting for their irony, their humanity, and their reflexiveness.
February 4, 2016
Gomes proves more than mere raconteur. And Arabian Nights turns out to be as much about the art of storytelling as what the stories tell us about Portugal and the world.
February 4, 2016
The subtitle tells the truth; here is a wonderfully restless movie.
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.
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 21, 2015
Its interconnecting tendrils do not reach out to you in an obvious way; repeat viewings, as one film interrupted by time, like Scheherazade's stories, may be necessary. The thing's sense of life energy, however, is unmistakable.
December 18, 2015
It's dizzying stuff, and virtually everything that Gomes tries his hand to works: it's a film that's moving, sad, exciting, fiery, and funny
December 15, 2015
The film is a six-and-a-half-hour remix of the magical and the real, in service of the political. It isn't coherent, and it isn't always good, but it can be fascinating.
December 4, 2015
Gomes's wildest, most auspicious and gloriously messy film to date borrows the structure of the eponymous Middle Eastern collection of folkloric tales, but appropriated to modern Portugal under the government's extreme austerity measures.
December 4, 2015
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 3, 2015
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 1, 2015
The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance.
November 30, 2015
With a blend of local lore and partisan fury, theatrical artifice and journalistic inquiry, Gomes single-handedly reinvents the political cinema.
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