Raul Ruiz’ Mysteries of Lisbon is a sprawling saga of love, intrigue, power, jealousy, honor, hatred, trust, betrayal, compassion, and obsession, which gives us glimpses of the 19th century European aristocracy. The full review can be read here: http://www.apotpourriofvestiges.com/2014/04/mysteries-of-lisbon-2010-chilean.html
(Versión serie) Fascinante hilo de historias secretas. Personajes que heredan tragedias y renuevan castigos. Son además los cómplices atados al compromiso con estos (lo que por cierto los lleva a su reivindicación). La fe y el claustro como medio de escape a fin de expurgar las culpas. El amor y el honor como puntos de inflexión. Mientras tanto, Ruiz creando una movilidad de cámara que rodea y perpectivas que delatan
NYTimes review: "Based on a work by the prolific Camilo Castelo Branco (1825-90), who was born in Lisbon, illegitimate and orphaned, and flirted with the priesthood before finding his calling in writing, running off with a married woman, landing in prison and finally committing suicide. Mr. Ruiz’s 'Mysteries' are just as outlandish, gloriously so." I loved it - the acting, beauty, drama, mystique...everything. 4.5
Some of the finest cinematography I've seen. Let's start there. The floating camera, the elegant framing, the effortless long takes. I enjoyed watching the camera techniques in a film above all. The story itself gets a little long-winded and winds all over, though I believe watching it in several sittings added to my confusion. Over all, for my first Ruiz film I was quite impressed.
I expected to be captivated by an epic story-telling. I was not. I'm sadly disappointed. I can't say I didn't like it but I have been left with a sense of confusion and weirdness. May be it's just transfer of the character's feelings and if so then I should say it was a great film. I'm not convinced.
Endlessly intelligent camera movement and masterful staging, with the flamboyance of a master filmmaker always threatening to break out and make war on its audience. A film where secrets, alternate truths and rooms are of equal number, and the number is infinite. (N.B.: BUT...I have only seen the film version, and I feel I'm missing out a lot by not having got the 330 minute TV version, which is available.)