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The Convent (O Convento) (1995)




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The musings of internationally renowned Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveiera on the power of thought and desire, and on good and evil, provide the underlying themes for this interesting reworking of the story of Faust. The story centers on the unconventional American professor, Michael Padovic, and his stunningly beautiful wife, Helene, who journey to an eerie Portuguese convent to prove that Shakespeare was in reality, a Jewish Spaniard. They journey to the spooky old convent of Arrabida where they are housed by the sophisticated, but rather creepy guardian of the monastery, Baltar, who immediately seems attracted to the cool Helene. In order to spend more time with her, Baltar arranges for Michael to spend all his time in the convent's great library; he is assisted by a beautiful young librarian. It is the wicked Baltar who tries to tempt Michael (in the way that Mephistopheles tempted Faust) into becoming immortal through his research and writing. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Manoel de Oliveira
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On DVD: Apr 3, 2007
Wellspring Media Inc.


Catherine Deneuve
as Helene Padovic
John Malkovich
as Michael Padovic
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Critic Reviews for The Convent (O Convento)

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Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | September 7, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Always literate, visually appealing, and soulful... .

Full Review… | January 7, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Convent (O Convento)

Evocative to the point of ho-hum, and far too mysterious for its own good. The story is overripe with portentous shadows, silences (broken by those slams), and bitter or yearning glances.


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I like these type of films. It is exotic, smart and I feel that the direction in this film is near-perfect.


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