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The Convent

O Convento

Directed by Manoel de Oliveira
France, Portugal, 1995
Drama, Thriller
  • English
  • English, Spanish


The journey of Michael Padovic, an American professor 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.

Our take

In honor of the late maestro Manoel de Oliveira’s birthday, we offer this gem from an era which saw one of Portugal’s eminent auteurs collaborate with international stars (John Malkovich! Catherine Deneuve!) to brilliant ends. The Convent is a magical inquiry of history’s labyrinth of lies.

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