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Night Train to Lisbon

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Bille August
  • 106 mins
  • 12A

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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 leaves behind and then travels to Portugal in an attempt to track down its 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 flashbacks don't offer much in the way of tension or suspense, while the modern-day scenes are undermined by some unconvincing contrivances. Still, the story is serviceable and Irons is an uncommonly engaging performer - even when playing a character described as boring.

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Credits

Cast

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Raimund GregoriusJeremy Irons
Young EstefaniaMélanie Laurent
Amadeu de PradoJack Huston
MarianaMartina Gedeck
Old Joao EcaTom Courtenay
Young Jorge O'KellyAugust Diehl
Older Jorge O'KellyBruno Ganz
Older EstefaniaLena Olin
Father BartjolomeuChristopher Lee
Older AdrianaCharlotte Rampling

Crew

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DirectorBille August

Details

Theatrical distributor
Bull Dog Films
Released on
2014-10-24
Language
English
Guidance
Violence, nudity
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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