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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hélène Alexandridis ...
Aurore Prieto ...
Clémence Massart-Weit ...
Prioress (as Clémence Massart)
Sylvie Habault ...
Nathalie Bernart ...
Mona Heftre ...
Marie - une religiause (as Ghislaine Mona)
Beatrice De Vigan ...
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


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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Perhaps the most accurate description of this extraordinary Saint.
9 April 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The transparent simplicity of this film seems to match the spirituality and sanctity of St. Theresa, who said that after her death she wished to be referred to as "Little Therese." Her spirituality was unique in that Little Therese sought to please God by accepting whatever came her way. She did not engage in the rigors of physical asceticism and penance. Acceptance of the will of God and humility are the hallmarks of her spiritual system. Information about her life was taken from her note book, written in pencil. The Mother superior, obviously an insightful woman, told her to write about herself. This is an excellent film that depicts the spirituality of Little Therese and also of the other Carmelite nuns who lived with her. There are many details depicted about her illness and personal habits. Curiously, the actress who portrays Saint Therese bears a remarkable resemblance to her. Little Therese died at the age of 24. Pope John Paul II declared Little Therese a Doctor of the Catholic Church, a title given only rarely to individual saints who contributed in some way to spirituality or learning.

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