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Arabian Nights: Volume 3 - The Enchanted One (2015)

As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 3, O Encantado (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 August 2015 (France)
The final trilogy of adaptation of Arabian Nights story by the structure in Portugal modern life between 2013-2014 in three chapter.


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Credited cast:
Crista Alfaiate Crista Alfaiate ... Xerazade / Condessa Beatriz
Américo Silva Américo Silva ... Grão-Vizir
Amar Bounachada Amar Bounachada ... Rei
Lionel Franc Lionel Franc ... Lionel Franc
Carloto Cotta ... Paddleman
Elvis Barrientos Elvis Barrientos ... Ladrão
Hervés Diasnas Hervés Diasnas ... Génio do Vento
Chico Chapas Chico Chapas ... Passarinheiro
Gonçalo Waddington ... Passarinheiro
Quitério Quitério ... Passarinheiro
Jing Jing Guo Jing Jing Guo ... Lin Nuam
Bernardo Alves Bernardo Alves ... Passarinheiro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louison Tresallet Louison Tresallet ... Child


The final trilogy of adaptation of Arabian Nights story by the structure in Portugal modern life between 2013-2014 in three chapter.

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26 August 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

1001 Nacht: Volume 3: Der Entzückte See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$66, 19 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,290, 21 February 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Brings the spark back after Arabian Nights lulls at Volume 2.
17 October 2015 | by Sergeant_TibbsSee all my reviews

I loved Arabian Nights' first volume and found its second underwhelming in comparison. Fortunately, that spark comes back. On a profound note, the story doubles back on itself as the first vignette focuses on Scheherazade for the first time since the first hour. Like with director Miguel Gomes' earlier appearance, it studies the struggle of having to constantly tell these stories and the limitations that gives her life. However, the film continues on with a story, one which carries the bulk of Vol. 3, as we look into the hobbies and competitions of Portuguese goldfinch keepers, a group of macho men devoted to pushing the envelope with the bird's ability to sing complex songs. While a fine art, it suggests a forced evolution as the finch is noted as the starting point to Darwin's Origin of the Species theories.

This portion is the most reliant on text rather than voice-over as it elaborates each man's life story while showing their diligent focus on raising the birds. They're not working for money here so it's a refreshing break for showing a bigger purpose than employment. Meanwhile, the story takes place for over a week for Scheherazade and it expresses her increasing exasperation silently, mirroring an exasperation with the economic crisis. This volume is perhaps the better made version, with a stronger soundtrack too, though my preference is to Volume 1's unbridled wildness and creativity. This would've been a finer choice for the Oscar submission if Volume 1 wasn't an option. Overall, Arabian Nights is mostly entertaining and always thoughtful, and a much breezier trilogy than one might expect, despite the problems with the mid-section. Many may find it self-indulgent on Gomes' behalf, but for what he's achieved, it's thoroughly warranted.

See the other Volumes for the rest of my review for Arabian Nights.


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