I was very skeptical for ninety minutes, almost came in my pants for three hours, was left mad at the last moments. I wanted to give this five stars so bad. I am actually mad and excited. this was brilliant up until the end, where only one of two very different parts that surround the whole film is completed - it makes sense to leave the other unfinished, but it's enfuriating and was just really not well done.
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
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.)
Despite being visually stunning and, at times, overwhelmingly atmospheric, it didn't need to be 4.5 hours long. It's as if they couldn't decide which character to focus on. A lot of needless characters and flashbacks deviating from the most interesting part; the boys story. I'm a fan regardless.