A religiosa portuguesa

Film Information:


The Portuguese Nun




Eugène Green




35 mm


127 min


  • Leonor Baldaque
  • Ana Moreira
  • Adrien Michaux
  • Beatriz Batarda
  • Diogo Dória


  • GUIÓN: Eugène Green
  • FOTOGRAFÍA: Raphäel O’Byrne
  • MONTAJE: Valérie Loiseleux
  • PRODUCCIÓN: Luís Urbano,
  • Sandro Aguilar


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Anyone who has seen an Eugène Green film (Le Monde Vivant was in Bafici’s 2004 competition) knows his are eccentric, that his films divide, that they can fascinate as well as irritate; that his films can be about people who send letters, about strange historic overlaps (sometimes, with strange and ineffable nostalgias or an equally strange curtness), about ogres and castles. Or Portuguese nuns, like this film, in which a French actress named Julie arrives in Lisbon to shoot a film about a 17th century Portuguese nun. Julie, the French actress –who has a Portuguese mother– sees the people and characters of Lisbon parade before her (including an orphan and a real nun), as the city opens up for her. The word “parade” is, however, inaccurate: in Green’s beautiful and static shots, Lisbon shines as it seems detained in its own, sunny beauty. Another of Green’s filmmaking mysteries is how his static –and sometimes ecstatic– shots adapt to so many tones yet maintaining their personality, or how Les Signes and Correspondences are so different from each other but at the same time both relate to A religiosa portuguesa, which brings back the memory of Manoel de Oliveira’s universe while still being yet another one of Eugène Green’s eccentricities.

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