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Therese and Isabelle (1968)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  18 June 1969 (France)
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Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school...

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Essy Persson ...
Thérèse
Anna Gaël ...
Isabelle (as Anna Gael)
Barbara Laage ...
Thérèse's mother
Anne Vernon ...
Mademoiselle Le Blanc
Simone Paris ...
The Madame
Maurice Teynac ...
Monsieur Martin
Rémy Longa ...
Pierre
Nathalie Nort ...
Renée
Darcy Pulliam ...
Agnès
Suzanne Marchellier ...
Mademoiselle Germain
Bernadette Stern ...
Françoise
Sege Geeraert
Martine Leclerc ...
Martine
Édith Ploquin
Alexandra Kabes
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A older woman visits the boarding school of her youth after a 20 year absense. While strolling about the deserted grounds and classrooms she remembers her highly emotional experiences there, and well-executed flashbacks occur to her youth. At 17 she is abandoned by her loving mother because of remarriage and left at a European boarding school, disenchanted and lonely. Immediately she meets Isabell, an older, confident, rebellious girl. The two develop a friendship quickly without much conversation or bonding, but have the always temporary chemistry necessary for their friendship to progress into a sexual relationship. The sex scenes are slow and sensual -as they should be for two young girls experiencing lesbianism for the first time. Despite their undying love confessions to each other, Theresa wakes up one morning to find Isabell has left the school, her room and desk replaced with another student. She never see's Isabell again. Written by Anonymous

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Star Essy Persson appeared live at New York's Trans-Lux 85th St. theater on the film's opening night. See more »

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Therese: I never saw Isabelle again.
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Not for Howard Stern fans
5 May 2005 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

It's kind of interesting reading some of the negative raps on this movie. Yes, it is in black and white--so is "Citizen Kane" and any number of other classic movies. The girls are a little long in the tooth to be schoolgirls and the nude scenes are pretty tame (but there certainly are some in the unedited version). However, considering that hot lesbian action between actual schoolgirls is a no-no even today in most countries, it's not surprising they didn't try to pull it off in 1968. Besides, it was necessary that at least one of the actresses be older as she had to play the same character as both a schoolgirl and a middle-aged woman.

I'm sure this movie is not exactly like the book (few movies are), but I was impressed at how it managed to combine memorable passages from the book with discreet and tasteful visuals to create some truly startling scenes. (And this is no mean feat--witness Adrian Lyne's ham-handed attempts at this in his recent adaptation of the literary classic "Lolita").This movie also deals with a lot of themes that were pretty taboo at the time--pre-marital sex, lesbianism, female masturbation--in a tasteful, non-exploitative way, which many people probably won't appreciate today living in the age of Howard Stern. This movie certainly inspired a lot of later movies-- "Don't Deliver Us from Evil", "Heavenly Creatures", and the more recent "Lost and Delirious". It's less melodramatic than any of these--nobody commits suicide or is brutally murdered-- but then again most real-life adolescent lesbian relationships don't end in murder or suicide. If you're a Howard Stern fan you probably will be bored with this, but if you don't object to subtle, classy European art films this is pretty alright.


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