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Year: 2010
USA: Music Box Films
UK: New Wave Films
Cast: Adriano Luz, Maria JoAo Bastos, Ricardo Pereira, Clotilde Hesme, Afonso Pimentel, JoAo Arrais, Albano Jerónimo, JoAo Baptista, Martin Loizillon, Julien Alluguette, Rui Morrison, Joana de Verona, Carloto Cotta, Maria JoAo Pinho, Jose Manuel Mendes
Director: Raoul Ruiz
Country: Portugal
Language: Portuguese / French (English subtitles)
USA: 257 mins
UK: 266 mins
USA Rated: Unrated
UK Certificate: PG contains mild violence, sex references and language
USA Release Date: 5 August 2011 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 9 December 2011 (Limited Release)


Adapted from the 19th century Portuguese novel by Camilo Castelo Branco, which evokes the complex intertwined narratives of Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens. Directed by Raul Ruiz, the story centres on Joao, the illegitimate child of an ill-fated romance between two members of the aristocracy who are forbidden to marry, and his subsequent quest to discover the truth of his parentage.

But this is just the start of an epic tale that follows a host of characters whose fates intertwine then separate and later rejoin spanning three decades in Portugal, Spain, France and Italy.

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