In A religiosa Portuguesa, director Eugène Green plays a director who is making a film version in Lisbon of the 17th-century book Letters from the Portuguese Nun. The nun in this film-in-a-film is played by the young French actress Julie, who has learned to speak fluent Portuguese through her mother, but has never been to Lisbon before. In Lisbon she meets unusual people who in turn will have their effect on the shooting of the film. The greatest impact results from a conversation with a real nun, who turns out to be little different from Julie herself.
A religiosa Portuguesa is the fourth film by Green, an American by birth, who has had the French nationality since 1976. He's also a writer of essays, fiction and poetry. Green's style is characterised by lengthy shots and alienating dialogues.

Original title
A religiosa Portuguesa
Filmmaker
Eugène Green
Country
Portugal, France
Year
2009
Medium
35mm
Length
127’
Language
Portuguese, French
Producer
Luís Urbano, Sandro Aguilar, Martine Clermont-Tonnerre
Production Company
O Som e a Fúria, MACT Productions
Sales
O Som e a Fúria
Writer
Eugène Green
Cinematography
Raphaël O'Byrne
Editor
Valérie Loiseleux
Production Design
Zé Branco
Sound Design
Georges-Henri Mauchant
Cast
Leonor Baldaque
Website
http://www.osomeafuria.com