Night Train To Lisbon
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Raimund is a Latin teacher and an ancient languages expert. His life is transformed by a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, whom he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. Raimund is intrigued but the woman disappears, leaving her coat. Inside it is a book by a Portuguese doctor which contains a train ticket. He uses it, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love triangle. He is drawn into a high-stakes puzzle. Ultimately his journey transcends time and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's all terribly talky and low-energy; that wonderful noirish title, it turns out, was just a front for a history lecture."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
""Murder on the Orient Express," this ain't."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"An ageing academic embarks on a journey of self-discovery in this old-fashioned European thriller."
‑ Stephen Carty, Radio Times
"The back-and-forth narrative saps the story of tension, while Irons bumbles around like a dippy Dumbledore."
‑ James Mottram, Total Film
"I think somewhere along the line this is one of those films that you are just going to embrace or step back from and I embraced it."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"After barely stirring to life, "Night Train to Lisbon" mercifully expires."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Take the last train to anywhere but here."
‑ Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York
"In its lesser moments, the film feels like a European art-house adaptation of a Mills and Boon novel or a Saga holiday commercial, but it is beautifully shot and packed with cameos from big-name actors."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"While deeply unfashionable, Night Train to Lisbon's old-school, historically aware melodrama seduces during some compelling stretches, and reasserts August as a filmmaker of real ability."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"It's always a stretch for a movie to unfold in two time frames and have different actors play characters at different stages of their lives, and here the casting isn't entirely successful."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Night Train to Lisbon is a handsomely crafted, well-acted love story within a love story, even if it doesn't engage as much as it should."
‑ Cary Darling, Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
"August's vision of the world, archaic though it may willingly be, is appealingly urbane ..."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"On TV, this might while away a rainy Sunday afternoon."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Like a night train, Bille August's film finally gets there, but is almost unendurably slow."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"It's long and sometimes predictable, but worth seeing for Irons, who reprises a role that he almost invented: the troubled intellectual in search of himself."
‑ Lex Hall, FILMINK (Australia)
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