The Convent (film)

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The Convent (O Convento)
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Directed byManoel de Oliveira
Produced byPaulo Branco
Written byManoel de Oliveira
StarringCatherine Deneuve
John Malkovich
Music byKrishna Levy
CinematographyMario Barroso
Distributed byStrand Releasing
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$367,585[1]

The Convent (Portuguese: O Convento) is a 1995 film by Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira, starring Catherine Deneuve and John Malkovich and based on the novel As Terras Do Risco by Agustina Bessa-Luís. It was entered into the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.[2]


The journey of Michael Padovic, a professor from the U.S., who arrives with his wife, Helene, at a Portuguese convent where he expects to find the documents needed to prove his theory: Shakespeare was born in Spain, not in England, and was Jewish. The main characters arrive at the convent where they are greeted by an enigmatic stranger who refers to himself as Baltar; he is the keeper of the convent. Other characters include a fisherman, the beautiful bookkeeper who is attracted to Dr. Padovic's work, and an elderly man who goes by the name of Balthazar.



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  2. ^ "Festival de Cannes: The Convent". Retrieved 2009-09-05.

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