MYSTERIES OF LISBON
The late Raúl Ruiz's penultimate film adapts the 19th-century Portuguese novel of the title into a four-hour palimpsest of interlocking narratives. Pedro, a ward in an orphanage, begs the priest in charge to tell him about his parents. So the priest relates a story that spins off into other stories from the points of view of the characters in the first story, and so on, all drawing toward a unity that just eludes comprehension. Ruiz's gorgeous visuals evoke the heightened reality of a visionary dream.
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