Night Train to Lisbon(2013)
Only when you are lost can you truly find yourself.
The life of Latin and ancient languages professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons,The Man in the Iron Mask) is changed when he saves a young woman from jumping to her death. When she flees, he is left with her red coat, train tickets to Lisbon and a book by Portuguese author Amadeu do Prado. The incident and discovery affects Raimund, so much so he abandons his life to dedicate himself to the author and the book. Co-stars Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), Jack Huston (TV's Boardwalk Empire) and screen legends Christopher Lee and Charlotte Rampling.
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BY Frances Morton Flicks Writer
Thank heavens for Jeremy Irons. There are few other actors who could glue together this plodding literary adaptation with the naturally engaging gravitas that Irons brings to the screen. He plays Raimund Gregorius, a self-declared boring professor living in grim, grey Bern who surprises himself by impulsively catching a train to sunny Lisbon in pursuit of a shadowy author. There he engages in some time-travel sleuthing and the film slips back to the 1970s when the author and his mates formed an underground resistance against Portugal’s fascist regime. The film’s drama and emotion lie in these flashback scenes laden with menace, idealism and a tumultuous love triangle.... More
In the present day, Raimund bumbles around the laneways of Lisbon hunting out a cast of esteemed po-faced European actors – Charlotte Rampling, Christopher Lee, Tom Courtenay – to unlock the past by way of earnest conversations told through clouds of cigarette smoke. The fact that he is completely detached and merely piecing together the story as an interested observer is the major flaw of the film. It drastically lacks stakes.
There’s no particular reason for Raimund to be caught up in the escapades of these charismatic Portuguese freedom fighters, except as a distraction to his middle-aged ennui. Perhaps that’s a good reason. It’s certainly a good enough one to see this film – a pleasantly distracting piece of Euro cinema about a rarely told slice of Portuguese history with beautiful vistas and stylish people but of little consequence.Hide