DirectorManoel de Oliveira Music directorToshiro Mayuzumi Duration
Portuguese Release date1995 WriterManoel de Oliveira (scenario and dialogue), Agustina Bessa-Luis (inspired by an idea from) Initial releaseSeptember 6, 1995 (France) CastCatherine Deneuve (Hélène), John Malkovich (Michael), Luís Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira Similar moviesRelated Manoel de Oliveira movies
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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.
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.