The Portuguese Nun (2009)

Director
Eugène Green

Main cast
Leonor Baldaque; Beatriz Batarda; Carloto Cotta; Diogo Dória; Adrien Michaux

Genres
Drama, Foreign

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


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