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: 42%

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
"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)
"A midde-aged professor's life is transformed by a philosophical book that falls into his hands and propels him on a quest from Switzerland to Portugal."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Night Train to Lisbon ends up a deeply unadventurous adventure story."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"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
"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)
"If we feel the sandman tugging at our eyelids, chances are there's a significant script or direction problem - and in the case of Night Train to Lisbon, it's a bit of both."
‑ Katherine Monk,
"Journeyman director Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror; 1998's Les Miserables) has coralled a first-class cast - to fashion a fine tale about reminiscence, revolution, regret and revelation...An arthouse treat."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"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/
"August's vision of the world, archaic though it may willingly be, is appealingly urbane ..."
‑ Calum Marsh, Village Voice
"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)
"There is plenty of lovely Portuguese scenery along the way, but not much else to recommend this blend of trumped-up mystery and low-key character study."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"Bille August's film is a protracted, soporific trip into Portuguese history that would like to be a romantic thriller."
‑ Bill Weber, Slant Magazine
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