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13 August 2019: Arabian Nights: The Desolate One


Arabian Nights: The Desolate One
Miguel Gomes, 2015, 131 min
Portuguese with English subtitles

"A dark whimsy weaves through the second and most spirited volume of Gomes’ trilogy, which opens with a rollicking and morally disorienting adventure: the escape of a serial killer who gradually becomes a folk hero by eluding the police. The subsequent stories tell of an absurd and seemingly unending trial over crimes that fantastically multiply and the ragged misadventures of a Maltese poodle whose lonely search for new owners in a bedraggled apartment complex gently recalls Umberto D’s neorealist canine." – Harvard Film Archive

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