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Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (2004)

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The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Leonardo Defilippis ...
Louis Martin
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Marie Martin
Susan Funk ...
Sister Anne
Linda Hayden ...
Pauline Martin
Sybil Johnson ...
Sister Aimee
Judith Kaplan ...
Mother Marie de Gonzague
Samantha Kramer ...
Sister Augustine
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Celine Martin
Tim Patrick ...
Priest Leading Rosary
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Leonie Martin
Mary Magda Schultz ...
Sister Vincent
Brian Shields ...
Pranzini
Melissa Sumpter ...
Young Therese
Lindsay Younce ...
Therese Martin
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The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times. Written by Luke Films, Inc.

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Ordinary girl. Extraordinary soul.

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG for some mild thematic elements
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1 October 2004 (USA)  »

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$357,000 (USA) (1 October 2004)

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$101,944 (USA) (6 September 2013)
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I'm sorry to say, it was tiresome.
10 October 2004 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I really wanted to like this movie. I wanted to see a faith-based film of quiet beauty, and despite negative reviews in all the major newspapers, I hoped the reviewers simply didn't understand the "simple way" of Saint Therese. However, after viewing the film, I have to sadly admit that the reviewers were correct. I am left wishing the story of "The Little Flower" had been told by more skilled artists than these. (Fortunately, there is a French film of Therese that was made in the 80s that far exceeds this telling of her life.)

Although the music, locations, and costumes in "Therese" were beautiful, the rest of the artistic elements were horribly lacking. The acting was amateurish. The dialogue (script) was embarrassingly banal. Although historically accurate, the characters lacked a sense of humanity. They were wooden representations of real people.

I'm sorry this film did not achieve the level of artistry that would encourage more people to learn about the life of this young Saint. (Hopefully her biography will make a reappearance on bookshelves.) I'm sorry that the money raised to make this film was not put in the hands of more able filmmakers, or donated to worthy charities.

An apologetic thumbs down from me. Saint Therese will forgive you for missing this one. Especially if you donate your money for a movie ticket to those who need it most.


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