Stealing Heaven (1988)





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Based on the novel by Marion Meade, this costume drama retelling of the doomed 12th century romance of Abelard and Heloise was directed by Clive Donner. Abelard (Derek de Lint) is a philosophy professor at the cathedral school of Notre Dame. Considered the greatest teacher in Paris at a time when professors of philosophy are required to be chaste, Abelard is a champion of reason and a man of the people. Despite what it could mean to his career and standing, however, Abelard falls in love with a student, Heloise (Kim Thomson), an upper class teenage girl raised in a convent and possessing an insatiably curious intellect, along with a rebellious attitude toward the second-class status of women in her society. When word of the relationship begins to filter out, Heloise's ambitious uncle Fulbert (Denholm Elliott), who had hoped to marry her off to a wealthy gentlemen, schemes to end the romance, as does the bishop of Paris (Bernard Hepton). ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
Rating: R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre: Art House & International , Drama
Directed By: Clive Donner
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Kim Thomson
as Heloise
Mark Jax
as Jourdain
Tim Watson
as Francois
Angela Pleasence
as Sister Cecilia
Cassie Stuart
as Petronilla
Philip Locke
as Poussin
Slavica Maras
as Marie Duroc
Miki Hewitt
as Sister Claire
Yvonne Bryceland
as Baroness Lamarck
Vjenceslav Kapural
as Baron Lamarck
Ivo Husnjak
as Gaston Lamarck
Jeremy Hawk
as Ancient Priest
Diana Belinic
as Girl in Street
Davor Fejzagic
as Boy in Street
Eugen Marcelic
as Astralabe
Lela Simecki
as Sister Therese
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