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Mademoiselle de Chartres had a first heart-breaking experience: she was abandoned by a youth who wanted to have a somewhat open relationship with her.
One night, a friend of her mother's, Mrs. Silva, the wife of the Director of the Gulbenkian Foundation, introduces her to a widely-reputed doctor, Jacques de Cleves. He had fallen in love with the young girl when he saw her choosing a necklace in the company of her mother, in a famous jewellery store in the Place de la Vonarne. The young girl agrees to marry him, although she feels no passion.
This passion will be aimed at a young and fashionable singer, Pedro Abrunhosa. Realizing that this love is emerging, Mme. de Chartres, a short time before she dies, warns her daughter to be prudent.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Manoel de Oliveira

Written by: Manoel de Oliveira

Produced by: Paulo Branco

Cinematography: Emmanuel Machuel

Editing: Valerie Loiseleux

Production Design: Ana Vaz da Silva

Costume Design: Judy Shrewsbury

Main Cast: Chiara Mastroianni (Mme de Cleves), Pedro Abrunhosa (Pedro Abrunhosa), Antoine Chappey (M de Cleves), Leonor Silveira (La religieuse)

Nominations and Awards

  • EFA Feature Film Selection 1999