Here, Mysteries of Lisbon offers you an elegiac meditation on love lost and rediscovered through misted memory.
The Mysteries of Lisbon DVD opens and closes with a voice-over belonging to a man you come to know as Pedro da Silva, but initially know as a 14-year-old called “just João”. There are many bizarre touches. An affray in the street is glimpsed, incompletely, from behind Father Dinis's coach, the priest himself seen in profile, gazing alertly straight ahead.
There is an inescapable self-reflexiveness that comes along with Mysteries of Lisbon's degree of self-consciousness, but again, Ruiz embraces and revels joyfully in it; it's virtually 180 degrees from the Brechtian sort of self-reflexiveness, with its debunking intentions.
Mysteries of Lisbon is a perfect marriage of form and content and a triumph of the craft in which the stories within stories are unpeeled like an onion. It's also a thrilling experience; set aside the time over Easter and enjoy.
The characters in Mysteries of Lisbon DVD box set act out their lives in a world seamlessly woven from dreams and waking, or like figures from a toy theatre brought miraculously to life, with mannerisms that are often eccentric and bizarre but presented in a distinctive context in which the absurd and the ironic have somehow been transmuted into something else.
As its title suggests, “Mysteries of Lisbon” is a mystery involving João, but one that opens and keeps opening, life after life, to embrace the near-entirety of his world. Drawing on narrative traditions, from popular melodramas to avant-garde theater, Mr. Ruiz, best known in America for his 1999 adaptation of Proust’s “Time Regained,” turns “Mysteries of Lisbon” into yet another search for lost time.
In Mysteries of Lisbon DVD, you can view the amazing scenery. Observe one magical scene in which an old monk begins to tell a story and closes a window in his room. When he opens it again, three other monks are standing solemnly outside, making no effort to conceal themselves.
Mysteries of Lisbon is a towering masterpiece and a film that will guarantee Ruiz's place in the pantheon, and thus monumental in both senses of the word. Highly Recommend the movie dvds for sale for you!