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776 Ratings

Mysteries of Lisbon

Mistérios de Lisboa

Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Portugal, France, 2010
Drama, Romance, Mystery


Based on a famous 19th Century Portuguese novel, Raul Ruiz’s Mysteries of Lisbon follows a jealous countess, a wealthy businessman and a young orphaned boy across Portugal, France, Italy and Brazil, as their lives intertwine.

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Mysteries of Lisbon Directed by Raúl Ruiz

Awards & Festivals

San Sebastián International Film Festival

2010 | Winner: Best Director (Silver Seashell)

Village Voice Film Poll

2010 | 3rd place: Best Undistributed Film

2011 | 3rd place: Best Director

2011 | Nominee: Best Film

Critics reviews

Beyond shifting voices and surprise appearances by characters thought to be elsewhere, sudden changes of camera angles and movements from outside a given situation suggest alternative or complementary perspectives that frustrate passive identification with a particular character and hint at the filmmaker’s own ambivalent embrace of the fabricated world he’s constructed.
November 29, 2016
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A summation of Ruiz’s work, with its nested stories, unstable identities and swirling camera movements, and one that is endlessly pleasurable. Adapted from the 19th Century novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, it tells the circuitous story of an orphan and his parentage, one which spans lifetimes and consumes hundreds of identities. It is a a ballet where every step both reveals and conceals, Ruiz’s camera unveiling truth at one edge and a lie at the other.
August 23, 2016
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For all the apparent differences between their source novels, Oliveira’s Amor de Perdicao and the theatrical version of Os Mistérios de Lisboa both run for about 260 minutes (the TV miniseries version of Mistérios is about 100 minutes longer). But the former might be described as a modernist and exhaustive representation of a novel. Ruiz’s masterpiece is a masterful and selective retelling of one, bridging the popular and arcane strands in his oeuvre with fluidity and assurance.
October 01, 2011
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