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: Armamar County Council
MINISTRY of CULTURE • ICA (Portugal) RTP (Portugal) CNC (France) EURIMAGES (Council of Europe)
TOKYO International Film Festival, 2020
SÃO PAULO International Film Festival, 2020
GÖTEBORG Film Festival, 2021
Ingmar Bergman nominee
ISTANBUL Film Festival [İKSV], 2021
CYPRUS Film Days International Festival, 2021
LUSO-BRAZILIAN Film Festival of Santa Maria da Feira, 2021
"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 DAILY (UK)
"Something rather intangible and magical"Helen Jerome, DVDFEVER REVIEW (UK)
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 accustomed film veteran and the one who only enjoys entertainment from time to time."
"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)
"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 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 (PORTUGAL)