Night Train to Lisbon

Night Train to Lisbon

Bille August (2013)

106min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
An ageing academic embarks on a journey of self-discovery in this old-fashioned European thriller. Adapted from Pascal Mercier's bestselling novel, it invites us into the life of Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons), a lonely Swiss teacher who prevents a young woman from killing herself. He becomes captivated by a book she left behind and travels to Portugal in an attempt to track down the author, a doctor named Amadeu de Prado (Jack Huston). From here, the film switches between past and present, detailing how Amadeu become involved in an underground movement that opposed Portugal's fascist regime during the early 1970s. These segments don't offer much tension or suspense, while the modern-day scenes are undermined by convenient developments and unconvincing contrivances. Still, the story is serviceable and Irons is an uncommonly engaging performer - even when playing a character described as boring.

Summary

Premiere. An academic impulsively pursues a woman he met by chance, leading to him abandoning his job to follow her to Lisbon. On the journey, he reads a book belonging to her, and is inspired by the philosopher who wrote it. He sets out to track down everyone who knew the author to discover the story of his life. Drama based on Pascal Mercier's novel, starring Jeremy Irons and Melanie Laurent.

Cast & Crew

Raimund Gregorius Jeremy Irons
Young Estefania Mélanie Laurent
Amadeu de Prado Jack Huston
Mariana Martina Gedeck
Old Joao Eca Tom Courtenay
Young Jorge O'Kelly August Diehl
Older Jorge O'Kelly Bruno Ganz
Older Estefania Lena Olin
Father Bartjolomeu Christopher Lee
Older Adriana Charlotte Rampling
Director Bille August
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Bull Dog FilmsGuidance: Violence, nudityAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 24 Oct 2014
Drama