Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Night Train to Lisbon now in cinemas

The film "The Night Train to Lisbon" is now in cinemas.

Film Storyline
Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself. Raimund after a chance encounter with a Portuguese woman, quits his job and travels to Lisbon in the hope of discovering the fate of a certain author, a doctor and poet who fought against Portuguese dictator Antonio de Oliveira Salazar.

The Book
Night Train to Lisbon film is based on a philosophical novel by Pascal Mercier originally published in German as Nachtzug nach Lissabon in 2004 and published in English in 2008. The novel is an international best seller. It recounts the travels of Swiss Classics instructor Raimund Gregorius as he explores the life of Amadeu de Prado, a Portuguese doctor during the António de Oliveira Salazar's right-wing dictatorship in Portugal. Prado is a serious thinker whose active mind becomes evident in a series of his notes collected and read by Gregorius.

Critical reception
  • The book: Anne Phillips in the The News-Gazette (Champaign-Urbana, IL) noted that Night Train to Lisbon was "reminiscent of Carlos Ruiz Zafon's "The Shadow of the Wind" and commented that "mystery romance and political intrigue" keep the pages turning. Robert Moyle of the Herald Sun also points out how engaging Night Train to Lisbon is, pointing out how easy it is for the reader to identify with Gregorius. Daniel Johnson of the The Telegraph placed Mercier, with this novel, amongst the best European novelists alive. 
  • The film: Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney wrote Billie August's direction was caught in "an outmoded storytelling approach" where "key events" remained "hopelessly page-bound" while Variety's Boyd van Hoeij called the film "a relic", just "waffly rather than talky and entirely devoid of tension.

Personal comment
This is an European film, many people may think it will be difficult to watch since it is not a pop-corn film, however this film is base on a best-seller book and the film is defined with: Mystery, Romance, Thriller... so that may convince some of you to go. It is also a good opportunity to see scenery from the beautiful Lisbon... the city where I was born.

Go to watch it now!


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