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For this 2009 French drama, the eccentric, American-born director Eugène Green follows an actress (Leonor Baldaque) around Lisbon as she works on a film adapted from the 17th-century novel Letters of a Portuguese Nun. Taking his cues from the later works of Robert Bresson and Yasujiro Ozu, Green has developed a rigorous style that uses editing to isolate lines of dialogue; because nearly every sentence is followed by an audible pause and then a cut, the characters often seem to be reciting their words in a vacuum. The movie may sound like a dry academic exercise, but Green (who plays the film-within-the-film’s director) has a mischievous sense of humor, and his affection for the setting makes the film proudly earnest and subtly romantic. In Portuguese and French with subtitles.