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Thérèse (1986)

The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of "the ... See full summary »

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Thérèse
Hélène Alexandridis ...
Lucie
Aurore Prieto ...
Céline
Clémence Massart-Weit ...
Prioress (as Clémence Massart)
Sylvie Habault ...
Pauline
Nathalie Bernart ...
Aimes
Mona Heftre ...
Marie - une religiause (as Ghislaine Mona)
Beatrice De Vigan ...
Singer
Jean Pélégri ...
The father
Pierre Baillot
Pierre Maintigneux ...
Convent Doctor
Jean Pieuchot ...
The Bishop
Guy Faucon ...
Aimee's Fiancé
Armand Meppiel ...
The Pope
Joël Lefrançois ...
The Young Doctor
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The life of little St. Therese of Lisieux, depicted in minimalist vignettes. Therese and her sisters are all nuns in a Carmelite convent. Her devotion to Jesus and her concept of "the little way" to God are shown clearly, using plain modern language. A sense of angelic simplicity comes across without fancy lights, choirs, or showy miracles. Written by Molly Malloy

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17 December 1986 (USA)  »

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Awards: Silver Hugo (Chicago Film Festival, 1986); and KRO Film Prijs (Rotterdam Film Festival, 1986). See more »

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Version of La vie miraculeuse de Thérèse Martin (1930) See more »

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THERESE (Alain Cavalier, 1986) ***
11 April 2009 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

I recall this being shown one Friday afternoon while in secondary school (a Catholic college no less); rewatching THERESE now, I can't fathom what my reaction might have been at the time – since it is far more stark (to the point where there are barely any sets!) than the Vittorio Cottafavi TV-film about the same subject which preceded the viewing. Incidentally, while the latter was interesting in depicting the inquiry into the Carmelite nun's canonization (without her ever appearing on-screen), this purports to present her actual life – but does it in a such a fragmentary, low-key manner (evoking memories of the work of one of my favorite auteurs, Robert Bresson) as to shed no more light on her professed saintliness: in this respect, the two films are in perfect agreement…while rendering the version under review somewhat pointless! Mind you, artistically, THERESE is undeniably sound – if drawing unwarranted attention to itself (especially in the obscure insistence on detail which is sometimes decidedly revolting!) – with Catherine Mouchet's central performance proving similarly compelling. Anyway, the film caught the critics' attention at the time – winning a great many Cesar awards (France's equivalent to the Oscar) and, as I intimated in my introduction, made the rounds internationally in an English-dubbed version (in spite of its limited commercial appeal).


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