The Convent (1995)

Convent
Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating N/A
Runtime 1hr 30mins.
Genres Drama, Mystery
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Catherine Deneuve Actor Helene Padovic 1 1000001
John Malkovich Actor Professor Michael Padovic 1 1000002
Luis Cintra Actor Baltar 1 1000003
Leonor Silveira Actor Piedade 1 1000004
Duarte D'Almeida Actor Baltazar 1 1000005
Heloisa Miranda Actor Berta 1 1000006
Gilberto Goncalves Actor Fisherman 1 1000007
Manoel De Oliveira Director n/a 2 2000001
Paulo Branco Producer n/a 3 3000001
Manoel De Oliveira Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Joao Canijo Production Manager n/a 305 5000001
Mário Barroso Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Manoel De Oliveira Editor n/a 172 7000001
Valerie Loiseleux Editor n/a 172 7000002
Ze Branco Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Ana Vaz da Silva Production Designer n/a 164 9000002
Isabel Branco Costumes n/a 120828 13000001
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound n/a 120816 14000001
Agustina Bessa-Luis Other from idea 120795 26000001
Synopsis
Professor Michael Padovic is working on a thesis to prove that Shakespeare was of Spanish, not British, ancestry. He and his wife, Helene, travel from their home in Paris to the ancient convent of Arrabida, on the Portuguese coast, where the professor suspects certain essential documents are stored. Their host at the convent is the unsettling guardian, Baltar. Baltar is captivated by the mysterious Helene, and suggests that the professor employ the convent's new archivest, Piedade, as his assistant, so as to divert the professor's attentions from Helene. Baltar's plotting, and Helene's own subtle manipulation, makes the tense situation increasingly bizarre, culminating in a chilling conclusion.