Night Train to Lisbon

Night Train to Lisbon

DVD - 2012
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Latin teacher Raimund Gregorius finds a book by Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado and his life is irrevocably changed. Determined to learn more about the author, Gregorius boards the night train to Lisbon and begins to piece together an epic story of oppression and revolution, loyalty and betrayal, love and jealousy, played out against the backdrop of a brutal fascist dictatorship. In his exploration of Amadeu de Prado's life, Gregorius finds that life can change in an instant.
Publisher: [Canada] : TVA Films, c2012
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE NIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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CYLemieux
Mar 29, 2017

Jeremy Irons still proves his talents as a leading man. Excellent film! Smart, poignant, life changing, sentimental!

d2013 Mar 29, 2017

Wonderful movie with beautiful quotes!

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gmct57
Feb 15, 2017

Outstanding ! Very deep.

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uncommonreader
Jan 01, 2017

Good politics.

Haunting and quiet gem with beautiful background music. Jeremy Irons is superb and all actors' performances are moving and believable, especially Tom Courtenay and Lena Olin. The movie was even more enjoyable viewed a second time, and I suspect a third viewing will be even better now that I'm familiar with the words and stories.

Unfortunately the DVD does not come with subtitles. In the "Quotes" tab in this DVD page are 8 quote boxes (1 of 8) to (8 of 8) entered in the order you hear them in the movie. Each quote box in the VPL website is limited to 1,000 characters so the hero's graduation speech appears in 3 boxes (5, 6, and 7). The quotes are transcribed as accurately as possible and any errors are unintentional.

The quotes from the movie are the golden words of Amadeo, the hero and author of a limited edition book published posthumously. This book, a character itself in the movie, is found in Bern by "accident" (see quote 3 of 8) and returns to Lisbon with the professor. Exposure of the words in this precious book changes the professor's life and resolves the pain of the main characters. As the reality and truth of the past is revealed through the professor's eyes, the living are affected in positive and healing ways.

The ending is magical and this quote (see quote 4 of 8) relates directly to the final moments of the movie. "The decisive moments of life, when its direction changes forever, are not always marked by loud and shrill dramatics. In truth, the dramatic moments of a life-determining experience are often unbelievably low key. When it unfolds its revolutionary affect and ensures that a life is revealed in a brand new light, it does that silently, and in this wonderful silence resides its special nobility."

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hesselugano
Oct 13, 2016

I enjoyed this movie. It expressed the same sort of themes as Mingella's "The English Patient". My one criticism is the contrived opening. Professor wearing coat and scarf has his umbrella blown out of this grasp by a strong gust of wind, i.e. it's a cold, wet and windy day. We are now expected to believe that a woman who was about to take her own life immediately walks with him to his classroom without a word of protest, yet moments later walks outside again minus coat on this cold, wet and blustery day. I get it - without this plot contrivance our professor wouldn't have acquired the book and the train ticket that started him on his quest, but ask yourself, is such an opening sequence even remotely believable?

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papagator
Jul 05, 2016

A very nice timeline piece that provides a mysterious storyline against a variety of twists and turns from the past- it keeps you guessing as to what the lady in the red coat was all about. Nice story!

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firefly5
Dec 22, 2015

I found this to drag on too much. Good reviews, I wish I had enjoyed it more.

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dprodrig
Oct 02, 2015

An older man, a teacher, stops a woman from jumping a bridge, brings her to his class to keep an eye on her and then she disappears leaving nothing but her coat, a book, and a train ticket to Lisbon. For some reason, Raimund is intrigued and worried enough to look for the woman, and soon rushes to Lisbon to see if he can locate her, all through the exploration of the people within the book found within her coat. Soon enough, he is caught up more fully in the story, and history of the Carnation movement within Portuguese history as he tracks down all the friends and family of the book's author. An interesting movie. Not for those interested in car chases. ;)

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Vivica
Sep 13, 2015

Story-telling at its best...grabs you & pulls you in right from the start... and it is a refreshing change to have mature actors that aren't all portrayed as doddering old fools.

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Quotes (8 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)

"Imagination is our last sanctuary." and "Intimacy is our last sanctuary."

"In youth we live as if we were immortal. Knowledge of mortality surrounds us like a brittle paper ribbon that barely touches our skin. When, in life, does that change? When does the ribbon tighten until finally it strangles?"

Last quote repeated - "We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. That we have covered a stretch of our life, no matter how brief it may have been."

Quotes (7 or 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
Speech (part 3 of 3) - "I would not want to live in a world without cathedrals, and in the lustre of their windows, their coll stillness, their imperious silence. I need the holiness of words, the grandeur of great poetry, but just as much, I need the freedom to rebel against everything that is cruel in this world. For the one is nothing without the other, and no one may force me to choose."

Quotes (6 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
Speech (part 2 of 3) - "But what is a man without secrets, without thoughts and wishes that he, and he alone, knows? Does the Lord, our God, not consider he is stealing our souls with this unbridled curiosity? A soul that should be immortal. But who would, in all seriousness, want to be immortal? How boring to know that what happens today, this month, this year, does not matter. Nothing will count. No one here knows what it will be like to live eternally. And it's a blessing we never will. One thing I can assure you, it would be hell, this endless paradise of immortality. It is death, and only death, that gives each moment beauty and horror. Only through death is time a living thing. Why does the Lord not know this? Why does he threaten us with an endlessness that can only be unbearably desolate?

Quotes (5 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
Speech (part 1 of 3) - "I would not like to live in a world without cathedrals. I need their beauty and grandeur against the dirty colours of military uniforms. I love the powerful words of the bible. I need the force of its poetry. I need it against the decay of language and the dictatorship of worthless slogans. But there is another world in which I do not wish to live in. A world in which independent thinking is disparaged, and the finest things we can experience denounced as sin. A world in which our love is demanded by tyrants, oppressors and assassins. And most absurdly, people are exhorted from the pulpit to forgive these creatures and even to love them. But it is for this reason we cannot just put the bible aside. We have to throw it away completely for it speaks only of a vain, holier-than-thou, God. In his omnipresence the Lord, observing us day and night, he takes note of our acts and thoughts.

Quotes (4 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"The decisive moments of life, when its direction changes forever are not always marked by loud and shrill dramatics. In truth, the dramatic moments of a life-determining experience are often unbelievable low key. When it unfolds its revolutionary affect and ensures that a life be revealed in a brand new light, it does that silently, and in this wonderful silence resides its special nobility."

School: "...I had to count the days so as not to be crushed by them."

Before graduation speech: "Religion - loyalty; values - truth above all else"

Quotes (3 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"Is it ultimately a question of self image the determining idea one has made for oneself of what one has to have accomplished and experienced so that one can approve of the life one has lived? If this is the case, the fear of death might be described as the fear of not being able to become whom one planned to be. If the uncertainty befalls us that it will never be achieved, that wholeness, we suddenly don't know how to live the time that can no longer be part of a whole life."

"The real director of life is accident [fate or chance, randomness chance]; a director full of cruelty, compassion and bewitching charm."

Quotes (2 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)

"We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. That we have covered a stretch of our life, no matter how brief it may have been. But by traveling to ourselves we must confront our own loneliness. And isn't it so that everything we do is done out of fear of loneliness? Isn't that why we renounce all the things we will regret at the end of our life?"

On his grave: "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution is a duty."

Quotes (1 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)

"If it is so that we live only a small part of the life that is within us, what happens to the rest?"

"We live here and now. Everything before other places is past, mostly forgotten. What could, what should, be done with all the time that lies ahead of us, open and unshaped, feather-light in its freedom and lead-heavy in its uncertainty? Is it a wish, dreamlike and nostalgic to stand once again at that point in life and be able to take a completely different direction to the one that has made us who we are?"

aaa5756 May 28, 2014

“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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