Arabian Nights


Reviewed by: Jennie Kermode

Arabian Nights
"Mixes observations on capitalism, society and storytelling."

Miguel Gomes' trilogy explores the Portuguese economic crisis in he style of the 1,001 Nights, mixing observations on capitalism, society and storytelling. It's split into three parts:-

Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One - A group of men seeking simulation take a gamble too far, a cockerel's frantic warnings go unheeded, a jilted girl becomes a firestarter and shipbuilders undertake a desperate strike.

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Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One - The people fall into poverty, a judge struggles to find anyone innocent, and a sweet little dog with a memory like a sieve brings joy to the desperate.

Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One - Scheherazade bemoans her fate, we explore her limitations and inspirations, and we meet the trappers who teach caged chaffinches to sing recorded songs.

Reviewed on: 06 May 2016
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Stories based on the 1001 Nights but transplanted to the present day. The film is split into three parts.

Director: Miguel Gomes

Writer: Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, Telmo Churro

Starring: Crista Alfaiate, Dinarte Branco, Carloto Cotta, Adriano Luz, Rogério Samora, Maria Rueff, Cristina Carvalhal

Year: 2015

Runtime: 368 minutes

Country: Portugal, France, Germany, Switzerland

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