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5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Beautiful Film, 16 April 2011
This review is from: Lisbon Story [DVD] [1994] (DVD)
When my father died I had the unenviable task of clearing out his flat. I had put it off for as long as I could but eventually the warden at the tower block where my father spent his final years, gently urged me to sort through his stuff before the local authority came in and did the job for me. Amongst his many CD's I came across the soundtrack for the film 'Lisbon Story', directed by Wim Wenders.The music became the soundtrack to my relationship with my father, our culture and Portugal. It's haunting melodies transported me to the land of my forefathers, my family and, I hoped, my future. Recently I decided I was ready to see the film.
Essentially, it is a film about film-makers. A foley artist receives a postcard from a friend, Friedrich, who is making a film in Lisbon, inviting him to record the soundtrack for the film. By the time the foley artist, Phil, gets to Lisbon from Germany, Friedrich is nowhere to be found. Phil gets on with the task of recording the sound effects whilst waiting for his friend to turn up. He is befriended by some children who purport to be helping Friedrich with the film, and it transpires that the house in which Friedrich had been installed and Phil was now staying, is owned by the beautiful Teresa, lead singer of the group Madredeus, who are providing the music to accompany the film. Phil falls in love; Friedrich turns up eventually, having had an epiphany; and the two friends finish making the film together. It is a charming and engaging film, full of wonderful little moments that play out in one's mind again and again. It's philosophy is light yet meaningful, without falling into the trap of trying to be too clever or high brow for the average viewer. I have since watched it several times and get something new from it on every occasion. I can now watch it without weeping, and instead I get a wonderful warm glow as I watch a film my father never saw but brought me to, about a city to which he never returned but always loved.
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Initial post: 5 Jun 2011 20:09:48 BDT
Thank you for your beautiful and moving review, what a tender story. A lovely link to your father's memory - I'm about to get the movie, but I have known Madredeus' music for a long time, and I'm guessing I'm in for a treat.

Posted on 9 Dec 2011 19:29:23 GMT
msCX says:
I would like to echo Ms Dew's comments about your excellent review. Thank you for writing it. It tells me just enough about the film to want to see it myself and to understand what there is in it that you enjoyed seeing.
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