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)
CYPRUS FILM DAYS International Festival, 2021
Honorary Distinction Award
"For beautifully exploring intimacy, desire and faith, and for pushing human boundaries into unexpected paths."
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
BOGOTÁ International Film Festival, Colombia
Released in CINEMAS IN PORTUGAL (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)