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

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.
February 4, 2016
The films are enchanting for their irony, their humanity, and their reflexiveness.
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.
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.