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THE PORTUGESE NUN

by Eugène Green

synopsis

Julie, a young French actress and a fluent Portuguese speaker, is in Lisbon for the first time. She is shooting a film there based on Letters from a Portuguese Nun — a 17th-century epistolary novel, recently attributed to man of letters and French diplomat the Count de Guilleragues. During the filming, the actress gets to know the city and the daily life of its inhabitants, all the more pleased to do so since she is recovering from a relationship that ended badly. Every night she comes across enigmatic and transient characters and Julie draws upon these experiences for the next day’s filming. And the role of the Portuguese nun, who succumbs to her passion for a young French officer, has a resonance with her own past. One night, she notices a young nun, kneeling in the Nossa Senhora chapel, where they have been filming. This woman lies prostrate night after night, praying until matins. What dialogue will there be between the modern young woman and she who is promised to God? Julie’s destiny will be forever changed.

international title: The Portugese Nun
original title: A Religiosa Portuguesa
country: Portugal, France
sales agent: Wide Management
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Eugène Green
film run: 127'
release date: FR 11/11/2009, PT 06/05/2010, UK 21/01/2011, BE 17/08/2011
screenplay: Eugène Green
cast: Leonor Baldaque, Ana Moreira, Adrien Michaux, Beatriz Batarda, Diogo Dória
cinematography by: Raphaël O'Byrne
film editing: Valérie Loiseleux
production: O Som e a Fúria, MACT Productions
distributor: Océan Films, O Som e a Fúria, ICA Films Distribution
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