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The Convent (1995)

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Original title: Convento, O

Release Date
• USA: Dec 1, 1995
DVD Release Date
• R1: Jul 9, 2002

Running Time
1 hour, 34 minutes

Country Portugal, France

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• The Convent (1995)
• Convento, O

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Genre: Drama, Love Triangle, Deception, Occult

Plot: This latest work by the 86-year-old Portuguese writer-director Manoel de Oliveira showcases his eye for beautiful compositions, and his taste for detailed, magical narratives. And for the first time, de Oliveira works with movie stars--Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich.

An American professor and his dissatisfied wife, Hélene, journey to a remote monastery to conduct research. There, he hopes to find evidence to prove his thesis that William Shakespeare was actually a Sephardic Jew. When they arrive, the couple encounters the monastery's strange inhabitants, including the ancient building's sinister guardian, Baltar.

De Oliveira suggests that one of the characters--maybe even Baltar or Hélene--is actually Satan, and develops a complex conflict between good and evil.

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 Directed by
Manoel de Oliveira
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 Written by
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Catherine Deneuve
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John Malkovich
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Leonor Silveira
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