Night Train To Lisbon (2013)
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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
Dec 6, 2013 Limited
Dec 17, 2013
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It's all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture.
After barely stirring to life, "Night Train to Lisbon" mercifully expires.
August's vision of the world, archaic though it may willingly be, is appealingly urbane ...
I think somewhere along the line this is one of those films that you are just going to embrace or step back from and I embraced it.
It's always a stretch for a movie to unfold in two time frames and have different actors play characters at different stages of their lives, and here the casting isn't entirely successful.
It's long and sometimes predictable, but worth seeing for Irons, who reprises a role that he almost invented: the troubled intellectual in search of himself.
A midde-aged professor's life is transformed by a philosophical book that falls into his hands and propels him on a quest from Switzerland to Portugal.
If we feel the sandman tugging at our eyelids, chances are there's a significant script or direction problem - and in the case of Night Train to Lisbon, it's a bit of both.
There is plenty of lovely Portuguese scenery along the way, but not much else to recommend this blend of trumped-up mystery and low-key character study.
Journeyman director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror; 1998's Les Miserables) has coralled a first-class cast - to fashion a fine tale about reminiscence, revolution, regret and revelation...An arthouse treat.
Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller.
There are few other actors who could glue together this plodding literary adaptation with the naturally engaging gravitas that Irons brings to the screen.
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.
Sedate and old fashioned, but a well-cast and well-acted romantic mystery.
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