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Night Train to Lisbon - Film Review

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by Harry F (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living in Perth. I enjoy gardening and films. I have appeared in several local short films.
Published November 24th 2013
A new film starring Jeremy Irons
Please note this review contains spoilers.

Based on a novel written by the Swiss writer and philosopher, Pascal Mercier in German, this drama film is about a man finding himself.

Directed by Billie August and the film stars Jeremy Irons as Raimund, the Swiss professor who stops a woman from jumping off a bridge. She walks away from him but drops her coat and a book drops out. Raimund reads the book and becomes fixated in locating the Portuguese author, Amadeu. In the book is a train ticket to Lisbon so he decides to go to Lisbon and locate the author's home address.

The professor finds Amadeu's address and goes to the house. The author's sister answers the door and is hostile to him but the maid explains Amadeu was a doctor but is now dead.

Leaving the house, the professor has an accident and breaks his glasses. While getting new glasses from the local optician he retells his story to her. She says she has an uncle who knew the author. The uncle explains he was in the Portuguese resistance with Amadeu and now the story is told in flashback about the life of Amadeu do Prado- his actions in the resistance and his love of a woman who also was loved by Amadeu's best friend.

Raimund pieces together the story of the life of Amadeu and realises his own life is nothing compared to Amadeu's life and does not return to his home town.

This film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. It was shot in Germany, Switzerland and Portugal and is spoken in English.

The hauntingly beautiful piano music in the background, adds to the emotional feel of this film.
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