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The Abyss

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Original title
L'Œuvre au noir (De terugkeer naar Brugge)
Year
Running time
88 min.
Country
Belgium Belgium
Director
Screenwriter
André Delvaux (Novel: Marguerite Yourcenar)
Music
Frédéric Devreese
Cinematography
Charles Van Damme
Cast
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Producer
Co-production Belgium-France; Films A2 / La Nouvelle Imagerie / La Sept-Arte
Genre
Drama | 16th Century
Movie Groups
Marguerite Yourcenar Adaptations
New
Synopsis / Plot
In the sixteenth century, Spain occupies Flanders, an Inquisition enforces the faith. Aging writer and philosopher, Zénon Ligre, comes to Bruges using a false name and papers to serve as a physician to the poor, establishing a clinic and steam bath. His methods and opinions are outside the mainstream, but he has the protection and friendship of the local Prior. Zénon, an aristocrat with a degree in canon law, lives humbly. He learns of bacchanals under Masonic signs involving monks and women, and he warns those involved. The Prior is dying, and he urges Zénon to flee to England. Zénon burns his writing. Will he leave or will he face ecclesiastical accusers and, perhaps, the stake?
Awards
1988: Cannes: Nominated for Palme d´Or (Golden Palm).
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