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172 Ratings

Lines of Wellington

As Linhas de Wellington

Directed by Valeria Sarmiento
Portugal, France, 2012
Drama, War


This lavish, star-studded epic set during the Napoleonic Wars of 1810 chronicles a multitude of characters—soldiers and civilians, men, women and children, young and old—as their everyday lives are torn apart by war.

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Lines of Wellington Directed by Valeria Sarmiento

Awards & Festivals

Sophia Awards

2013 | 4 wins including: Best Supporting Actor

2013 | 5 nominations including: Best Supporting Actor

The onslaught of the “Jacobins” is seen with the gimlet eye it requires — too often, the slaughter at Napoleon’s hands has been depicted as heroic, a canard Ruiz, Sarmiento, and screenwriter Carlos Saboga have no truck with. Here, summary execution, even off-handedly of horses and infants, is de rigueur.
December 24, 2014
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With its awkward piling-on of situations and secondary (and tertiary, and quarternary…) characters, its miasma of languages and accents, and its interminable historical pantomiming, Lines of Wellington devolves into a throwback to nineties euro-pudding, or even the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink DiLaurentiis-esque coproduction extravaganzas of the sixties. Much of the blame for it lies with Ruiz’s production model.
October 10, 2012
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It often plays like a failed imitation of the late auteur [Raul Ruiz], with the same hypnotically lengthy camera moves and embrace of both high and low cultural references, yet absent any animating spirit.
October 01, 2012
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