Arabian Nights, Volume 2: The Desolate One
aka As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado
First screened in September 2015
Director: Miguel Gomes. Cast: Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Margarida Carpinteiro, Crista Alfaiate, João Pedro Bénard, Carloto Cotta, Joana de Verona, Eduardo Frazão, Guo Jing Jing, Pedro Inës, Adriano Luz, Carla Maciel, Teresa Madruga, José Manuel Mozos, Gracinda Naves, Américo Silva, Gonçalo Waddington. Screenplay: Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo, and Telmo Churro.

Twitter Capsule: Less obviously intricate than Vol 1, and more frontal in stating themes—I thought. Then I grew less sure.

VOR:   Even if I found payoffs of individual stories more obvious or uneven than in the first installment, we're measuring in microns. Scope, originality still off the charts.

Photo © 2015 Sound and Fury/Shellac Sud/Komplizen Film/Box Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A–

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