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Arabian Nights: Volume 2, The Desolate One(As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado)

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Portugal, France, Germany · 2015
2h 12m
Director Miguel Gomes
Starring Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Pedro Caldas
Genre Drama

In this second installment of Gomes’ trilogy, Scheherazade tells three tales of a Portugal in crisis. In the first, the police pursue a murderer, in the second, a judge tries to untangle a web of guilt, where each suspect seems guiltier than the last, and in the final story, a stray dog is given to an impoverished couple.

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CineVue by Ben Nicholson

Arabian Nights may frustrate and enervate, but with hindsight these blemishes fade into a gleaming collage.


Village Voice by Calum Marsh

The stories have an almost dreamlike sweep and imaginative energy, and the film never exhausts that exuberance. More extraordinary still is its emotional depth.


Slant Magazine by Clayton Dillard

It forays into satirical terrain in order to elide actual dealings with the problems at hand, so that each piece feels alternatively frivolous and weighty.


Total Film by Jamie Graham

Volumes one and two are especially captivating, as Gomes himself appears onscreen to tell of how he charged a team of researchers with scouring Portugal in search of tales.

88 by Scout Tafoya

The melancholy that falls over this chapter is hard to shake but its tempered slightly by the love Gomes has for his characters, bad habits, ingrained sadness and all.