Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Portuguese Nun (A Religiosa Portuguesa)

Portugal 2009

Details IMDB

Seen 19 April 2014

Ratings from other sources
IMDB 6.4/10

A young French actress in Lisbon to shoot a movie is intrigued by a nun she sees kneeling in the in the chapel where she is filming.

My ratings 7.0/10

My impressions:

The first few minutes is already an indication of the style and approach the film is going to take to tell the story. A woman asked the main character in a later scene, what kind of film is she working on. When the answer was an unconventional film, the retort was it must be a boring film.

How very apt that a character would say that. A deliberate offhand dig at so many who might have the same impression.

Yes, it is slow and tedious. It took some time for the plot to develop and most probably that was the intention. To let the message simmer before coming to a boil at nearly the end of the film.

The theme of love, its effects on your relationship with yourself and those near you is the main thrust. The story also touches on the love for God. Questions are asked on how many loves can there be in one's lifetime and the different forms it takes.

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