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

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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: ... See full summary »

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Michael
Luís Miguel Cintra ...
Baltar
Leonor Silveira ...
Piedade
João Bénard da Costa ...
Baltazar (as Duarte de Almeida)
Heloísa Miranda ...
Berta
Gilberto Gonçalves ...
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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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Rated PG for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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1 December 1995 (USA)  »

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$52,609 (USA)
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Soundtracks

Offertorium (Concerto for violin & orchestra, 1980)
Music by Sofiya Gubajdulina (as Sofia Gubaidulia)
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Conducted by Charles Dutoit
Orchestra: The Boston Symphony Orchestra
Deutsche Grammophon 42 336-2
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Beautiful, Complex Film
10 October 2003 | by (Sylvania, OH) – See all my reviews

This film is absolutely beautiful -- a picture of cinematic craft, and has a complexity that is rarely found in American films. Contrary to what others have said, this film has a fantastically developed plot. It is sad that the others who have reviewed this movie found it to be lacking.

If you don't know Goethe's Faust, don't bother watching it. If you are so numbed by Hollywood that you can't stand to watch a movie without nudity, gore, blood, explosions, or sex, don't rent this movie. If you don't like to discuss nuance in films after watching them, don't watch this movie. If you hate French people, don't watch this movie. Rent something with The Rock in it instead.

To the others who reviewed The Convent, I would say bad films do not win prizes at Cannes. This movie is brilliant, and is the epitome of what art film should be.


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