The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa)

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Filmmaker Eugene Green pays homage to Manoel de Oliveira, a Portuguese director whose had a profound influence on his style, with this drama of a woman eager for a new lease on life. Julie (Leonor Baldaque) is a French actress who is still nursing a broken heart after a bad breakup with her boyfriend. Julie travels to Lisbon to begin work on her latest project, in which she'll play the title role in a screen adaptation of the novel Letters of a Portuguese Nun. Julie is fascinated with Lisbon, and spends much of her spare time exploring the city, and she opens herself up to encounters with a wealthy and prominent man (Diogo Dória) as well as one of her fellow actors (Adrien Michaux). However, Julie learns the most about herself and her heart when she strikes up a friendship with a local boy who has lost his parents (Francisco Mozos), enjoys some long conversations with a nun (Ana Moreira) who is advising the production, and learns to love Portugal's native fado music. A Religiosa Portuguesa (aka The Portuguese Nun) was an official selection at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • A solemn, portentous affair, dramatically, verbally and visually, where everyone talks in an uninflected manner.

    Jan 26, 2011 | Full Review…

    Philip French

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  • Elegant, eccentric and absolutely captivating, this is simply a gem.

    Jan 21, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Simply unmissable.

    Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a droll, tongue-in-cheek exchange in a film that's well aware of its own unconventional appeal to high-minded cinephiles.

    Dec 2, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The real star is director Eugene Green's quirky style: enigmatic dialogue, lengthy tracks and pans, actors speaking directly to the camera, shots of feet set against the cobblestone streets and picture-postcard-perfect vistas of the city.

    Oct 22, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Green is fascinated by the possibility that the collision of eros and religion suggested by his literary source might have some resonance in the present, and he explores it in a way that is both cerebral and sensual.

    Oct 21, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/5

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