DVD Night Train to Lisbon

DVD Night Train to Lisbon
DVD Night Train to Lisbon

Run time: 111 min
Rating: 6.8
Genres: Mystery | Romance | Thriller
Director: Bille August
Writers: Pascal Mercier, Greg Latter
Stars: Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston
About an aging Swiss professor of classical languages who, after a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman, quits his job and travels to Lisbon in the hope of discovering the fate of a certain author, a doctor and poet who fought against Portuguese dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar. Written by Anonymous
Plot Keywords: book, poet, doctor, love, brief female nudity
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Portugal
Release Date: 7 March 2013 (Germany)
Box Office
Budget: €7,700,000 (estimated)


  1. Night Train to Lisbon is one of the most philosophical movies to hit theaters in the last couple of years. The trip started by Raimund is not between places but between identities. An existential journey into the great unknown of the soul. Some say we take ourselves everywhere we go. This movie tries to tell us instead that we *find* ourselves in those places, we discover a new way of seeing with our own eyes and, when we leave, a part of us stays in that place forever. Returning there is a way of visiting ourselves, like we would an old friend… There's so many layers, so many subtle metaphors, so much poetry in the imagery and storytelling, that despite being such a straightforward story you can't help feeling like you're walking through a maze, a labyrinth of emotions and thoughts, where present, past and future merge into a vast uplifting eternity. One of the best crafted uses of mise-en-abîme i recall ever seeing in a movie! Raimund is Raimund, but he's also Pascal Mercier, and also Amadeu Prado and also You. There's a fiction within a fiction here: a book within a book within a movie. A lie within a lie: a poet within a reader, within a spectator, within a person. This dilution between fiction and reality and between the actor and the audience often occurs, but rarely is it ever a theme, rarely is it ever presented as a question to the audience and rarely so beautifully answered. This game of mirrors will leave you full of wonder and hungry for life. There couldn't be a better outcome for a story that starts with a suicide attempt… There's too many reasons to watch this movie and too little space to review it properly unfortunately… The scenery of Lisbon, the universal anguish of the characters, the excruciating portrayal of the Portuguese dictatorship, the lessons it offers on some of the most important questions one can ask oneself… Do yourself a favor and go see it!

  2. I just saw it this evening in Rome– Well done–and although I was not familiar with the book–I will read it now.

    The style of "movie within a movie" reminds one of Fowles "the French Lieutenants Wife" and Truffaut "Day for night" but MUCH better done than both of those.

    Wonderful story of the randomness of life—and how that random event allowed three close friends during the dictatorship in Portugal to finally discover what had happened to each other. It took a stranger to complete –and resolve–the major event of their lives.

    Jeremy Iron was as usual terrific—and reminded me of his role in House of the Spirits–in a similar political setting of the fascist times in Chile.

    Deeply intense, dramatically fulfilling–it kept me on the edge of my seat.


  3. I should start by saying if you're older (say 45 or more) you should definitely check out this movie. It has some lines in it that are extraordinary and it's worth seeing just for those nuggets. This is one of those movies that talks to you at a personal level. I don't want to describe too much of it because that would ruin the whole point.

    But, I will say…

    The director moves you along at such a perfect pace that you almost feel like you're floating. The topics aren't casual but he hovers over them at just the right height.

    The acting is right on the money, it suits the movie perfectly, no one is out of step.

    The story moves seamlessly between past and present, you won't feel a bump anywhere. It's true, the movie is multi-layered, but the straight up story is more than enough.

    And the ending is perfect for this type of movie.

    It really is worth the watch, but as I mentioned you might need to be a little older to really…

  4. This European movie too, is so subtle in its depiction of life. It seems that I too flew with the story slowly in time, along with the professor, as he went from a boring uneventful life to embark on an adventure of his lifetime, in his old age. I find this peaceful story telling, not losing any of the minutest details, keeping the audience captivated, and doing all of this without the loudness and noisiness of current age mainstream movies, Hollywood and Bollywood included, great relief and source of utmost pleasure and relishment! Don't know why this is rated as low as 6 on IMDb. I would cherish this one as one of the best movies I have seen, along with Amélie and Life is Beautiful.

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