Arabian nights

Arabian nights

DVD - 2016 | Portuguese
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Miguel Gomes uses the structure of one thousand and one nights in order to tell the story of contemporary Portugal.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, Kino Lorber,, [2016]
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
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digital,optical,surround,Dolby digital 5.1,rda
3 videodiscs (382 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Jane_Sm
Jan 08, 2017

Actually a film trilogy, separately reviewed (and rated) by RottenTomatoes.
Vol.1: The Restless One. Vol.2: The Desolate One. Vol.3: The Enchanted One.
So yes, 382 min. is far too much for one evening.

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uncommonreader
Jan 07, 2017

The portrait of Portugal suffering under economic austerity was interesting, but I found three discs to be self-indulgent and did not enjoy all of the absurdist chapters.

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2016

Instead of tales of Arabian Nights, this three part parody led viewers to experience various entertaining and thought provoking miseries of Portuguese during the debt crisis between Aug 2013 and Jul 2014. Enjoyed the unique culture, places and people who were under forced austerity by IMF and European Central Bank on debt payments. Another unusual film by Miguel Gomes is "Tabu 2012," the first 40 minutes of which was a long introduction of an elderly woman living out her seemingly boring days in Lisbon and the rest described her past adventures and an elicit affair in Africa, Portugal's unconventional answer to Hollywood's "Out of Africa". (See "Summary" for a review by Dennis Lim, director of programming of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.)

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2016

Tons of notable quotes, presumably from true-life Portugal. This one is from disc two, The Judge:

What a court must judge follows this logic:
Someone commits a crime. It's unlawful and harms someone else. The court judges the graveness
of the crime in proportion to the damage and social impact caused. The rest of society acknowledges the unlawful acts committed and the sentence applied by the judge and infers conclusions for its own behavior. Some will find the punishment light. Others harsh. Because, unlike genies, men realize that good and bad are relative things. This is normal. What is not normal and begins to seem remotely repugnant is this endless list of misery and guilt where there are neither innocents nor enough prisons to house all the culprits! This random chain of events
is a slimy issue that saddens and sinks us.

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2016

In the '80s, the shipyard had around 2,000 workers. If you weren't sleepy and always wanted to work, there was work. They asked for the help of Viana do Castelo's population, for them to join in.
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I'm also in Viana because Mr. Vítor is fighting, on his own, a plague of Asian hornets that threatens to decimate the bees and destroy the local honey production.
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We now agree on almost everything, one of them being, if I may be so honest, that you gentlemen are a bunch of half-wits. Nobody can afford to buy anything anymore, companies are closing down, unemployment is rampant. I stopped going to mass because I don't believe in God anymore.

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2016

Nearly all of Scheherazade's stories begin like this:
Hear, O auspicious King. It has reached me that in a sad country among countries, where ruins unfolded and the people starved, three well-mounted rich merchants arrived. They had come at the request of the ruined rulers, who possessed in their safes little more than a filmsy fart. And in exchange for a loan, the merchants required interest and obedience. The latter for fear that, were the law not imposed, the country's foolish men would no longer be able to pay the debt, let alone the interest. And so nationals and foreigners agreed to always meet after the new moon, with the purpose of re-agreeing to what had been agreed.

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jimg2000
Jul 09, 2016

Excellent review in mho:

http://www.filmcomment.com/article/cannes-2015-cemetery-of-splendour-arabian-nights/

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