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 sun-drenched remote village, in the old family house, the nun and her nephew feel disconcerted as feelings of attachment emerge.
Starring ANABELA MOREIRA · MARTIM CANAVARRO · MARGARIDA MOREIRA · RODRIGO SANTOS · ÂNGELO TORRES · MIGUEL GUILHERME; 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; Produced by CRIM (PT) / BOCALUPO FILMS (FR)
Support Armamar County Council
MINISTRY of CULTURE • ICA (Portugal) RTP (Portugal) CNC (France) EURIMAGES (Council of Europe)
TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (2020, JP)
SÃO PAULO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (BR)
INGMAR BERGMAN AWARD NOMINEE
GÖTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL (2021, SE)
"a strong festival title which should generate debate"
"complex emotions snake under the surface of this intriguing family drama"
"largely refuses to judge its characters"
Wendy Ide, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL (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) *_*_*_*
"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)