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The Convent (1995)

O Convento (original title)
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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Manoel de Oliveira

Writers:

Manoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Agustina Bessa-Luís (inspired by an idea from)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Catherine Deneuve ... Hélène
John Malkovich ... Michael
Luís Miguel Cintra Luís Miguel Cintra ... Baltar
Leonor Silveira Leonor Silveira ... Piedade
João Bénard da Costa João Bénard da Costa ... Baltazar (as Duarte de Almeida)
Heloísa Miranda Heloísa Miranda ... Berta
Gilberto Gonçalves Gilberto Gonçalves ... Fisherman
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Portugal | France

Language:

French | English | Portuguese | German

Release Date:

1 December 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$52,609
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Soundtracks

The Seven Last Words (Partita in 7 Movements) for Cello, Bayan & String Orchestra: La Dernière
Music by Sofiya Gubaydulina (as Sofia Gubaidulia)
Conducted by Timur Mynbayev (as Timur Mynbaev)
Melodyya (Russia) SUCD 10-00109
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metaphysical and mysterious
3 February 2005 | by Andre DSee all my reviews

Well, first of all I've enjoyed this film immensely. I think it had all the right tone, the right actors, and the way the story is developed is done with great know-how. It's not boring in any way, but spectators need to be aware of the kind of movie they're going to watch.

Deneuve, Malkovich, and the Portuguese actor Silveira and Cintra are all able to create an atmosphere of metaphysical mystery, in dealing to all the questions about all books, convents or even the devil.

Thank god there are still movies that make you think and don«t give you all the answers so that you forget just after leaving the theater.

Great scene the one where the "devil" runs through the forest... don't miss it!!!


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