The Convent

The Convent
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: April 3, 2007
  • Originally Released: 1995
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 05/29/1995
"...This is high Oliveira country, where patience, thought and an offbeat sense of humor are amply repaid..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1995
"...THE CONVENT has a coolly attractive performance by Catherine Deneuve..."
Los Angeles Times - 12/01/1995
"...THE CONVENT is a sly, beautiful enigma of a movie, a reflection upon the eternal mystery of life itself..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 01/26/1997
"...Deneuve is perfectly in sync with the film's odd ebb and flow. She transforms the surroundings with her accustomary beauty and cool resolve..."

Product Description:

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.


Production Notes:

  • Co-produced by Madragoa Filmes (Portugal) and Gemini Films (France) with the participation of IPACA (Portugal), Secretaria de Estados de Cultura (Portugal), and Canal+ (France).
  • Color by Kodak.
  • Shown at the New York Film Festival, October 8, 1995.
  • Released theatrically in New York City December 8, 1995.

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  • UPC: 012236211662
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