Night Train to Lisbon

Genre:  Romance, Thriller
Running Time:  111 min.
Release Date: December 6, 2013 - Toronto, Victoria, Saskatoon, Regina - December 6, 2013 - Toronto, Waterloo, Saskatoon, Regina, Victoria
DVD: January 28, 2014

Current rating: Rating: 4.00
based on 4 votes and 1 reviews
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Cast: Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck, Tom Courtenay, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling


Latin teacher and ancient languages expert Raimund (Jeremy Irons) has a mysterious encounter with a young woman on a bridge in the Swiss city of Bern, when he saves from jumping to her death in the waters below. She immediately disappears, leaving only her coat behind.

Inside one of the pockets is a book with a train ticket tucked in it. He uses the ticket, setting off on a journey to Lisbon. While looking for the author of the book, Raimund revisits a dark chapter in the country's history and unveils a tragic love triangle.

Director: Bille August
Studio: Pacific Northwest Pictures
Producer(s): Peter Reichenbach, Gunther Russ, Kerstin Ramcke
Screenplay: Greg Latter, Ulrich Hermann
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  • 3 stars "You probably won't find this film playing anywhere else in Toronto, so enjoy the small screening room with springy seats at The Kingsway. The film itself isn't bad. I imagine the book was better, even though I haven't read it. The lack of Portuguese actors and any spoken Portuguese made it difficult to "connect" with the story, but, all in all, it's an interesting story set in a time in Portuguese history that gets little least in Canada."