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As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado

Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2015

Gonçalo Rosas's rating of the film Arabian Nights: Volume 2, the Desolate One

6 - While not a particularly exceptional film, this is an absolutely massive improvement over the previous installment. The stories are less meandering, more succinct, and mostly free of the puerile, faux-whimsical musings (that, when present, are still executed far better) of its predecessor . It also still suffers from crude craftsmanship and appeals to emotion, but Gomes' presence is thankfully diminished overall.