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The Convent (1995)
"O Convento" (original title)

PG  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  1 December 1995 (USA)
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The journey of Michael Padovic, an American professor who arrives with his wife, Helene, at a Portuguese convent where he expects to find the documents needed to prove his theory: Shakespeare was born in Spain; not in England. Written by Hugo Lopes <l41340@alfa.ist.utl.pt>

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Offertorium (Concerto for violin & orchestra, 1980)
Music by Sofiya Gubaydulina (as Sofia Gubaidulia)
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Conducted by Charles Dutoit
Orchestra: The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 42 336-2
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Yak yak yak leading nowhere
14 November 2002 | by (Columbia MD) – See all my reviews

Great premise: American academic (John Malkovich) and lovely French wife (Catherine Deneuve) travel to Portugal so he can research his theory that Shakespeare was really a Spanish Jew cast out in 1492 or on the run from the Inquisition. He winds up at a disused monastery (not a convent; there is no convent in the movie, despite the title) cared for by Satan worshipers, the viewer subtly becoming aware of this due to a big inverted pentagram hanging in the office of the "guardian" of the monastery, Baltar. Whether Malkovich and Deneuve are aware of this, or care, is unclear. Baltar gets the hots for Deneuve, while Malkovich is thrown together with the lovely young archivist (who seems to be a token non-Satan worshiper), but nothing comes of either pairing. Characters yak at each other, this tedium being broken by the greater tedium of extended silences, and then the yet greater tedium of extended silences with the screen virtually still. Despite the great setup, no gore, no nudity, all very tasteful eurotedium. Inconclusive conclusion. Ninety minutes wasted.


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