Night Train to Lisbon Wednesday, 01 April 2020

Night Train to Lisbon

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Mature themes, violence and brief sex scene.

  • The pitch:

    A professor is rocked by Amadeu.

  • Starring:

    Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck, Tom Courtenay, August Diehl, Bruno Ganz, Lena Olin, Marco D'Almeida, Beatriz Batarda, Christopher Lee, Charlotte Rampling, Sarah Bühlmann

  • Directed by:

    Bille August

  • Running time:

    111 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), R (USA)


    People are kicked, beaten, tortured, held at gunpoint, hit with a blunt object. Near-choking, attempted suicide (jumping), bicycle accident. Screaming, arguing, angry mob. Police brutality, dictatorship, fascism, patricide, electrocution, guillotine, blackmail, sabotage, suicide mentioned. Killing discussed. Blood/gore: Bloody cut, bloody hands, blood on objects, mutilated hand. Blade inserted in skin, slit neck, scar.


    Nude couple beneath bedsheets. Exposed breast.


    A man is injected with adrenaline. Alcohol (beer, wine), bar settings. Smoking. Fatal pill overdose, painkillers, poisoning mentioned.


    Bloody, bastard. Name-calling. Religious references and exclamation. Class, gender, political stereotypes.


    Portuguese Resistance, António de Oliveira Salazar, eccentricity, philosophy, teaching, chess, literature, mysteries, writing, life, chance, fate, vision, seeing, torture, deformity, secret police, censorship, education, truth, oppression, independent thinking, death, father-son relationships, siblings, The Hippocratic Oath, memory, friendship, loyalty, mortality.


    Deceased son/brother. Deceased father, deceased grandfather, estranged wife, arrested father mentioned. Cemetery, funeral, church, prison settings. Medical procedures: sight testing, surgery, needle inserted in skin, CPR, stretcher, tracheotomy, Heimlich maneouvre. Aneurism, emphysema mentioned. Roast meat eaten. Spitting. Flock of birds, pigeon. Based on the bestselling novel, Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier.


    Well-meaning. Decent period reconstruction, solid cast, orchestral soundtrack, Lisbon looks sensational.


    Wheezing, lumpy, tedious, plodding, unimaginative, waffling, dull, old-fashioned, clunky. Dreary performances, expository characters, outmoded storytelling, uninteresting cinematography, pedestrian tech values, devoid of tension, stilted dialogue, inexplicable accent and language choices, unconvincing contrivances.

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