The Last Bath Digital, 2K Scope (2.39:1), colour , 5.1, 95'. [Portuguese with English subtitles]
A nun is called upon to adopt her 15-year-old nephew, and as a consequence religion, family and love become entangled.
Josefina is a 40-year old nun who is about to take her perpetual vows. She is called back to her childhood village to attend her father’s funeral when she meets her 15-year old nephew who has been abandoned by his mother. Isolated, back at the old family house in a sun-drenched remote village, the nun and her nephew feel disconcerted as feelings of attachment emerge.
Starring ANABELA MOREIRA · MARTIM CANAVARRO · MARGARIDA MOREIRA · MIGUEL GUILHERME · RODRIGO SANTOS · ÂNGELO TORRES; Written by DAVID BONNEVILLE · DIEGO ROCHA; Directed by DAVID BONNEVILLE; 1st AD PAULO BELÉM; Continuity JORGE CRAMEZ; DoP VASCO VIANA; OST JOSÉ ALBERTO GOMES and JONATAN BLATI Sound DANA FARZANEHPOUR; Sound editing ELSA FERREIRA; Sound Mix SIMON APOSTOLOU; Art Direction BRUNO DUARTE; Props KID; Costume PATRÍCIA DÓRIA; Hair, Make-up, Special Effects OLGA JOSÉ; Editing NICOLAS DESMAISON; Colourist VASCO VIANA & MARCO AMARAL; Making of DANIEL GARCÍA-ROBLES Produced by CRIM (PT) / BOCALUPO FILMS (FR)
Support & Funding by:
MINISTRY of CULTURE • ICA (Portugal) ARMAMAR MUNICIPAL COUNCIL (Portugal) RTP (Portugal) CNC (France) EURIMAGES (Council of Europe)
LUSO-BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL of Santa Maria da Feira, 2021
Best Feature Film Award (David Bonneville)
Best Actress Award (Anabela Moreira : 'The Last Bath')
SKOPJE Kinenova International Film Festival, 2021
Best Screenplay Award (David Bonneville, Diego Rocha)
CYPRUS FILM DAYS International Festival, 2021
Honorary Distinction Award
TRIESTE Festival of Ibero-Latino American Cinema, 2021
Best Performance: Anabela Moreira ('The Last Bath')
LIVERPOOL International Film Festival, 2001
Best Actress - Anabela Moreira in 'The Last Bath'
BRAGACINE International Festival of Independent Film, 2001
Augusta Award for Best Portuguese Film: O Último Banho
Augusta Award for Best Performance: Anabela Moreira
Manoel de Oliveira Augusta Award - Best Actress: Margarida Moreira
Manoel de Oliveira Augusta Award - Best Director: David Bonneville
FESTIVALS & NOMINATIONS
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, Japan
SÃO PAULO MOSTRA International Film Festival, Brazil
GÖTEBORG Film Festival, Sweden
Ingmar Bergman Award nominee
ISTANBUL Film Festival, Turkey
CYPRUS FILM DAYS International Festival, Cyprus
MOLODIST KIEV International Film Festival, Ukraine
CROSSING EUROPE Filmfestival LINZ, Austria
LUSO-BRAZILIAN Film Festival of Santa Maria da Feira, Portugal
TRANSYLVANIA International Film Festival, Cluj/Romania
SPLIT International Festival of New Film, Croatia
TIRANA International Film Festival, Albania
GOLDEN APRICOT YEREVAN Film Festival, Armenia
BOGOTÁ International Film Festival, Colombia
SKOPJE KINENOVA International Film Festival, Macedonia
TRIESTE Festival of Latin-American Cinema, Italy
Best Foreign Language Film submission nominee by the Portuguese Academy of Film.
LIVERPOOL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, UK
OSLO FILM FESTIVAL, Norway
Best Drama Award nominee
CINEATLÂNTICO Festival do Cinema, Angra do Heroísmo/Portugal
COIMBRA CAMINHOS do Cinema Português
BRAGACINE International Festival of Independent Film, Portugal
MILAN International Film Festival Awards, Italy
Best Director (David Bonneville)
Best Film (The Last Bath)
Best Leading Actress (Anabela Moreira)
Best Supporting Ator (Martim Canavarro)
Best Cinematography (Vasco Viana)
Theatricaly Released in Portugal via NOS Audiovisuais (July 2021)- Cinema Trindade (Porto) - UCI Arrábida (Vila Nova de Gaia) - Cinemas NOS Alameda (Porto) - Cineplace Nova Arcada (Braga) - Cinemas NOS Alma Shopping (Coimbra) - Cinemas Amoreiras (Lisboa) - UCI El Corte Inglês (Lisboa) - Cinemas NOS Oeiras Parque (Paço de Arcos) - Cineplace Loures Shopping (Loures) - Cineplace Rio Sul (Seixal) - Cineplace Leiria Shopping (Leiria) - Teatro Sá da Bandeira Cineclube (Santarém) - Cineplace Algarve Shopping (Albufeira/Algarve)
"a strong festival title which should generate debate"
"complex emotions snake under the surface of this intriguing family drama"
"a tonal conundrum which confronts the audience but largely refuses to judge its characters"
Wendy Ide, SCREEN DAILY (UK)
"Something rather intangible and magical"Helen Jerome, DVDFEVER REVIEW (UK)
"a tour-de-force performance"Rui Tendinha, DIÁRIO de NOTÍCIAS (PT)
"A film of strong emotions"Leonor Antolin Teixeira, LUX (PT)
"a filmic masterpiece"
"Bonneville's Douro valley is more than a simple landscape (...) It's a return, an abyss, a mystery"Rita Homem de Mello, JORNAL i (PT)
One of the Best Films of the Gøteborg Film FestivalFILMTOPP magazine (Sweden)
"The film stays long afterwards, constantly offering new thoughts."
"The Last Bath’s filmic Art challenges in satisfactory doses both the serious cinephile and the casual movie lover."
"incredibly beautifully filmed from the first to the last shot."
Nathalie Leth, FILMTOPP (Sweden) *_ *_ *_ *
"a unique, intense and eye-catching drama"Gøteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
"as delicate as a dark chocolate praline, which transports you to another timeless world"Ion Indolean, APERITIFF (Romania)
"A beautiful essay - almost philosophical - about loneliness, morality and the hard-to-reach balance between virtue and personal freedom."
Oana Balaci, LITERNET (Romania) *_ *_ *_ *_ *
"The score keeps things balanced, detracting from some startling and provoking imagery, but within this lies the essence of temptation and restraint.
It draws you in, keeps you gripped to each distorting scene as it lurches from one extreme to another."
Elle Haywood, TAKEONE (UK)
"The Last Bath is an aesthetic delight, but also a moving study of characters."
"Bonneville demonstrates talent in directing actors, in addition to the articulation between sound and image, between rhythm and shots dynamics."
"although Josefina and Alexandre have pulsating desires, they are never objectified by the filmmaker's lens."
"The director opts for a style much simpler than his premise would allow, avoiding catharses and spectacularization of pain."
Bruno Carmelo, PAPODECINEMA (Brazil) *_ *_ *_ *
"a film that plays with ambiguity, uses dissonant elements to provoke a certain uncomfortable curiosity on the viewer,
and knows how to build an atmosphere of intimacy around the main characters."
Miguel Reina, EN_PRIMERA_FILA (Spain) *_ *_ *_ *
"The Last Bath explores aunt-nephew relationship without judgement"
"The Last Bath (...) is disturbingly complex, intense and even dark as we see a family on the verge of dysfunction."
Gautaman Bhaskaran, NEWS18 (India)
"A formally very tight-knit first feature with an excellent Anabela Moreira"Jorge Mourinha, PÚBLICO (PT)
"A serious case of good national cinema."
"a huge maturity in the domain of the camera, in creating an atmosphere of permanent tension, and in the work with the actors"
Jorge Pereira, C7NEMA (PT)