DVD The Convent [DVD] [] [1996] [Region 1] (DVD 1114714),
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The Convent [DVD] [] [1996] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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, Hlene, 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 Hlene--is actually Satan, and develops a complex conflict between good and evil.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 21166

  • Credits
    Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Dorlac, John Malkovich, Leonor Silveira, Luis Miguel Cintra, Duarte D'Almeida, Heloisa Miranda
  • Critic Reviews
    "...This is high Oliveira country, where patience, thought and an offbeat sense of humor are amply repaid..."
    Variety

    "...THE CONVENT has a coolly attractive performance by Catherine Deneuve..."
    Film Comment

    "...THE CONVENT is a sly, beautiful enigma of a movie, a reflection upon the eternal mystery of life itself..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Deneuve is perfectly in sync with the film's odd ebb and flow. She transforms the surroundings with her accustomary beauty and cool resolve..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

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