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Mysteries of Lisbon Details


Portuguese filmmaker Raúl Ruiz directed this epic-scale adaptation of Camilo Castelo Branco's historical novel about people looking for truth behind each other's facades in 19th century Portugal. Father Dinis (Adriano Luz) is a man of faith who often finds himself trading one personality for another as he serves different people in different ways. When João (João Luís Arrais), a teenager born out of wedlock and raised in an orphanage, begins asking questions about his parents, Dinis arranges for him to be introduced to his mother, who turns out to be a wealthy countess, Angela (Maria João Bastos). While Angela is married, her jealous and short-tempered husband is not the father, and when word spreads that she is carrying another man's child, the Marquis of Montezelos (Rui Morisson) arranges for the biological father to be killed and hires an outlaw named the Knife-Eater (Ricardo Pereira) to murder the child after it is born. However, the plan goes awry, and in time the Knife-Eater redeems himself; meanwhile, the unexpected connections between the characters evolve with the passage of time. Mistérios de Lisboa (aka Mysteries of Lisbon) was an official selection at the 2010 New York Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:August 5, 2011


Adriano Luz
as Father Dinis
Adriano Luz
as Sabino Cabra
Adriano Luz
as Sebastião de Melo
Clotilde Hesme
as Elisa de Montfort
Léa Seydoux
as Blanche de Montfort
Melvil Poupaud
as Ernesto Lacroze
Malik Zidi
as Visconde Armagnac
Rui Morisson
as Marquis of Montezelos
Carloto Cotta
as D. Alvaro de Albuquerque
Jose Manuel Mendes
as Friar Baltasar da Encarnação
Margarida Vilanova
as Marquise of Alfarela
Catarina Wallenstein
as Countess of Arosa
Jose Airosa
as Bernardo
Lena Friedrich
as Maid
Marcello Urgeghe
as Doctor


Raúl Ruiz
Paulo Branco
Carlos Saboga
Jorge Arriagada
Composer (Music Score)
Valeria Sarmiento
Isabel Branco
Art Director
Miguel Martins
Sound/Sound Designer
Joao Pinhao
Assistant Director