Arabian Nights: Volume 2, the Desolate One

As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado

133 mins
7.8 / 10 (1107)


An elderly criminal becomes a folk hero as he successfully evades hordes of police; a stern judge oversees a case involving 13 stolen cows, mail-order brides, a genie and a machete-wielding human lie detector; a Maltese poodle shuffles between households in a recession-stricken estate.

MUBI's take

The second instalment of Gomes’ magnum opus is arguably the most melancholic of the three. While the whole trilogy is a unique blend of fine irony, dark humour, blissful fantasy and fervent commitment to the present, this middle section confirms Arabian Nights as the ultimate political film.

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