Night Train To Lisbon

2013

Night Train To Lisbon

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Raimund is a Latin teacher and an ancient languages expert. His life is transformed by a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, whom he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. Raimund is intrigued but the woman disappears, leaving her coat. Inside it is a book by a Portuguese doctor which contains a train ticket. He uses it, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love triangle. He is drawn into a high-stakes puzzle. Ultimately his journey transcends time and space, touching on matters of history, philosophy, and medicine, encountering love and evolving into a liberating search for the true meaning of life.

Cast

Jeremy Irons
as Raimund Gregorius
Mélanie Laurent
as Young Estefânia
August Diehl
as Young Jorge O'Kelly
Bruno Ganz
as Jorge O'Kelly
Lena Olin
as Estefânia
Christopher Lee
as Father Bartolomeu
Charlotte Rampling
as Adriana de Prado
Tom Courtenay
as João Eça
Beatriz Batarda
as Young Adriana
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Critic Reviews for Night Train To Lisbon

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (16)

  • In its lesser moments, the film feels like a European art-house adaptation of a Mills and Boon novel or a Saga holiday commercial, but it is beautifully shot and packed with cameos from big-name actors.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • On TV, this might while away a rainy Sunday afternoon.

    Oct 23, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • It's all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture.

    Dec 6, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • After barely stirring to life, "Night Train to Lisbon" mercifully expires.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Night Train to Lisbon is a handsomely crafted, well-acted love story within a love story, even if it doesn't engage as much as it should.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/5
  • "Murder on the Orient Express," this ain't.

    Dec 5, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Night Train To Lisbon

  • Jan 09, 2015
    A ridiculous drama that feels like a cheesy soap opera, completely unaware of the meaning of subtlety and with everything so absolutely obvious and artificial: risible metaphors, a clichéd cinematography, self-help platitudes and an awfully embarrassing dialogue.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2013
    Eventually delves into Portugal's dark past-interestingly.
    hawk l Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2013
    This German/Suisse/Portuguese drama directed by Bille August is based on the novel Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier. Starring Jeremy Irons it had some potential to be great but the screenplay written by Greg Latter and Ulrich Herrmann was too safe with no thrill or unexpected events. The story about a Swiss professor who saves the life of a woman who wanted to commit suicide and then abandons his teaching career and reserved life to embark on a thrilling intellectual adventure to Portugal was actually a story that takes him on a journey to the very heart of himself. The problem is that the adventure was too predictable even with the added thrill elements to keep us interested. [img] http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/0c/Night_Train_to_Lisbon_2013_Poster.jpg/220px-Night_Train_to_Lisbon_2013_Poster.jpg [/img] Somehow this film seemed to me like passed its "Use By" date, especially the way the story was told. The real heart wasn't there as well as the substance. If you are fan of Jeremy Irons - it's worth watching it for the performance. Of course, there are other stars as well: Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Bruno Ganz... the acting was the strongest part of this movie. You can see some old-world elegance of Bern, the cobbled charms of Lisbon and some panoramic views of Portuguese coastal roads, but don't expect too much of anything else!
    Panta O Super Reviewer

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