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also known as As mil e uma noites I: o inquieto

Arabian Nights I: The Restless One2014

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  • 4.2
  • passes the bechdel test
In which Scheherazade tells of the restlessness that befell the country: It hath reached me, O auspicious King, that in a sad country among all countries, where people dream of mermaids and whales and unemployment is spreading. In certain places, forests burn into the night despite the falling rain; men and women long to set out to sea in the middle of winter. Sometimes there are animals that talk although it is highly improbable that they are listened to. In this country, where things are not what they appear to be, men of power promenade on camels and hide permanent and shameful erections; they await the moment when taxes are collected so they can pay a certain wizard whom... And seeing the morning break, Scheherazade fell silent.
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The white subtitles make this film unwatchable.

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This started out an an interesting movie with considerable promise. However many of the scenes are such that the white subtitles are unreadable. So after awhile, I had to give up. (Don't film makers know about yellow subtitles or white with a black background subtitles.)

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totally bizarre sometimes magic & wonderful sometimes just odd & trippy definitely a ride and cool

Great cinematography (subtly amazing, actually) and magical realist story telling. A true art film that will challenge the viewer.

The three films taken as a whole are a masterpiece. I didn't enjoy every part of it, but somehow taken together they are far more than the sum of their parts. What do you do when your nation is about to be strangled by austerity. Tell a new story every night!

Is there anyone else making films remotely like this? I think not. They seem to well up from some collective subconscious (of the Portuguese). Bitterness wrapped in farce. Real people enlisted in fantasy enactments to which only the director has the key. Keep telling stories, Gomes seems to believe, in order to ward off ultimate catastrophe.

Hilariously absurd...fix the subtitles