Following the first part, which was overflowing with a vast variety of stories, Miguel Gomes limits this centerpiece of his magnum opus to three stories – though these three are indeed just as richly filled with ideas, as ludicrous and as rhizomatic. The first of these three narratives is about Simão, a killer who becomes an unlikely hero of the people despite his deeds – because he always escapes the police. In the second story, a judge is conducting a trial that becomes more and more absurd: it involves stolen cows, a baker with a dozen mail-order brides from China, and a machete-wielding human lie-detector. In the third story, a steadfast, loyal mutt is passed from one owner to the next in a suburban working-class neighborhood. Notably, the canine starring in this film – part poodle, part Maltese – won the »Palm Dog« in Cannes this year for his outstanding performance. As in the first part, the devastating effect forced austerity has had on Portugal is the underlying theme throughout all episodes.
Arabian Nights: Volume 2 – The Desolate One
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Mariana Ricardo
Sandro Aguilar, Thomas Ordonneau, Luís Urbano
Telmo Churro, Miguel Gomes, Pedro Marques
Vasco Pimentel, Miguel Martins, Pascal Mazière, Denis Séchaud, Thibaut Macquart
Lucha d'Orey, Silvia Grabowski
Crista Alfaiate, Américo Silva, Carloto Cotta, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Joana de Verona
The Match Factory GmbH
Real Fiction Filmverleih e.K.
Selected filmography Miguel Gomes
A CARA QUE MERECES (2004), CÁNTICO DAS CRIATURAS (2006), AQUELE QUERIDO MÊS DE AGOSTO (2008), TABU (2012)