The Convent 1995
The Convent ★★ 1995
Idiosyncratic saga of Paris-based American scholar Michael Padovic (Malkovich) and his French wife Helene (Deneuve) who travel to an ancient Portuguese monastery so Michael may do research at their library. The convent's guardian is the charming and sinister Baltar (Cintra), who flirts with neglected Helene, while playing Mephistopheles to Michael's Faust. Lots of mysticism and religious iconography. Portuguese, French, and English dialogue. 90m/C VHS, DVD . PT FR John Malkovich, Catherine Deneuve, Luis Miguel Cintra, Leonor Silveira; D: Manoel de Oliveira; W: Manoel de Oliveira; C: Mario Barroso.