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.
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.
Exaggerated performances and shots of religious art and architecture set in the rainy Portuguese countryside create a haunting atmosphere. Three types of truths slip and slide uneasily around one another: the supernatural, the literary, and the emotional.