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also known as As mil e uma noites III: o encantado

Arabian Nights III: The Enchanted One2015

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  • 3.8
In which Scheherazade doubts that she will still be able to tell stories to please the King, given that what she has to tell weighs three thousand tons. She therefore escapes from the palace and travels the kingdom in search of pleasure and enchantment. Her father, the Grand-Vizier, arranges to meet her at the Ferris wheel and Scheherazade resumes her narration: O auspicious King, in old shanty towns of Lisbon there was a community of bewitched men who, with all dedication and passion, devoted themselves to teaching birds to sing... And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent.

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This final part of the trilogy is quite unlike the others. ...essentially a documentary about unemployed men who spend their time capturing songbirds and teaching them new songs. In a way, it's a "Nanook of the North" for contemporary Portugal, where ingenuity is deployed to outwit despair.

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This final part of the trilogy is quite unlike the others. ...essentially a documentary about unemployed men who spend their time capturing songbirds and teaching them new songs. In a way, it's a "Nanook of the North" for contemporary Portugal, where ingenuity is deployed to outwit despair.

2 members like this review
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Tabu had my expectations sky high for this series, maybe unrealistically so. The first film in the series is a solid start, the second one dips a bit but is thematically coherent, but this one had me scratching my head. The first third or so is great, the actress who plays Scheherazade is engaging and the scenarios are interesting, but then Gomes hits the brakes so hard I almost thought he was trolling.

I'm typically not a documentary-watcher so maybe I'm not the target audience - if a documentary about songbird-trappers sounds appealing to you, then you'll find this trilogy ends on a high note. I was just sort of confused. But gotta give points for the ambition of the whole project.

Also no idea what people were talking about with not being able to read the subtitles, I had no issue making them out. Have seen MUCH worse, on a HD screen these subtitles stood out very well.

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parts_lost interest in this one..........