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Thérèse -- In 1920s France, a provincial housewife's suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner inspires her to a fatal bid for freedom.
Thérèse -- In 1920s France, a provincial housewife's suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner inspires her to a fatal bid for freedom.


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François Mauriac (novel)
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Release Date:
21 November 2012 (Belgium) See more »
An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
5 nominations See more »
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Just the right combination of repressed passion and existential angst, in a beautiful setting See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)

Audrey Tautou ... Thérèse Larroque - épouse Desqueyroux

Gilles Lellouche ... Bernard Desqueyroux

Anaïs Demoustier ... Anne de la Trave
Catherine Arditi ... Madame de la Trave
Isabelle Sadoyan ... Tante Clara
Francis Perrin ... Monsieur Larroque
Jean-Claude Calon ... Monsieur de la Trave
Max Morel ... Balion
Françoise Goubert ... Balionte

Stanley Weber ... Jean Azevedo
Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi ... Thérèse Larroque à 15 ans (as Alba Gaïa Bellugi)
Matilda Marty-Giraut ... Anne de la Trave à 15 ans
Gérard Bayle ... Pedemay

Yves Jacques ... Maître Duros
Docteur Lebeau ... Le ponte de Bordeaux
Frédéric Kneip ... Le juge
Jack Delbalat ... Le pharmacien Darquey
Jérôme Thibault ... Deguilhem
Francis Ayliès ... Le prêtre
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Beyeler ... Un client de l'hôtel de Baden Baden

Directed by
Claude Miller 
Writing credits
François Mauriac (novel)

Claude Miller (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) &
Natalie Carter (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Frédéric Bruneel .... executive producer
Yves Marmion .... producer
Cinematography by
Gérard de Battista 
Film Editing by
Véronique Lange 
Production Design by
Laurence Brenguier 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Bouchard 
Makeup Department
Paul de Fisser .... key hair stylist
Diane Duchesne .... makeup artist
Elsa Gendre .... makeup artist
Christelle Laromanière .... additional makeup artist: extras
Jane Milon .... key hair stylist
Yumiko Oka .... makeup artist
Production Management
Juliette Bayle .... production secretary
Bruno Bernard .... production manager
Xavier Fabre .... production manager: Bordeaux
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production supervisor
Anne-Sophie Henry-Cavillon .... post-production manager
Louis Lemoine .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
César Chabrol .... third assistant director
Stephanie Pulcrano .... second assistant director (as Stéphanie Barascut)
Hervé Ruet .... first assistant director
Art Department
Bernard Chedin .... production buyer
Dominique Grillet .... property master
Fabien Lang .... props
Pierre Moreau .... painter
Adrien Roman .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Yannick Blanquet .... boom operator
Pascal Chauvin .... foley artist
Vincent Cosson .... adr recordist
Cédric Deloche .... dialogue editor
Geraldine Falieu .... assistant sound editor
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Damien Lazzerini .... sound re-recording mixer (as Damien Bera)
Gwennolé Le Borgne .... sound
Kevin Le Godec .... sound trainee
Michel Monier .... sound consultant: dolby
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Éric Rophé .... sound (as Eric Rophe)
Franck Tassel .... foley artist
Matthieu Tertois .... sound mix technician
Visual Effects by
Estelle Chesneau .... digital compositor
Thomas Duval .... visual effects supervisor
Nicolas Lacroix .... visual effects coordinator
Sergeï Lourié .... digital compositor
Gianni Manno .... digital compositor
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Sebastien Rame .... compositing supervisor
Niranjan Siva .... digital compositor
Annabelle Troukens .... visual effects producer
William Untereiner .... visual effects artist
Philippe Guégan .... stunt advisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Luis Armando Arteaga .... camera operator: "b" camera
Luis Armando Arteaga .... director of photography: second unit
Audrey Bordessoules .... video assistant
Eddy Brière .... still photographer
Celine Croze .... second assistant camera
Rodolphe Lauga .... steadicam operator
Jean-Philippe Louis .... generator operator
Eric Sicot .... first assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... aerial camera operator: close range
Lucie Zappa .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Adèle Bruchert .... extras casting
Editorial Department
Chrystel Alépée .... first assistant editor
Jean-Baptiste Combette .... digital dailies supervisor
François Dupuy .... technical manager: digimage
Charles Fréville .... digital colorist
Mathieu Liron .... digital lab operator
Fabien Napoli .... dailies color grader
Jérôme Pey .... additional assistant editor
Music Department
Mathieu Alvado .... music arranger
Benjamin Caillaud .... music scoring mixer
Gautier Carbonneaux .... assistant music mixer
Elise Luguern .... music supervisor
Other crew
Frédéric Cauvy .... weapons armorer
Carole Kornmann .... script supervisor
Jean-Claude Le Bras .... gaffer
Florence Narozny .... press officer
André-Paul Ricci .... press attache
Julien Selak .... post-production coordinator: Digimage cinéma

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Thérèse Desqueyroux" - France (original title)
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110 min
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Did You Know?

Mauriac's novel is inspired by the Henriette Canaby attempted murder case (1906).See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Therese (1962)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Just the right combination of repressed passion and existential angst, in a beautiful setting, 2 January 2014
Author: paperbackboy from United Kingdom

This excellent film, like the novel, has a challengingly "modern", existential feel, with themes that bring it closer to the ideas of Camus and Sartre than many of Mauriac's other works.

Thérèse isn't really sure why she acts in the way she does, but her character, thanks largely to Tautou's performance, is so complex and nuanced that, far from leading to "confusion", as another reviewer has suggested, it simply seems real. Perhaps too "real" to be hugely dramatic, but real enough to be compelling and fascinating.

Gilles Lellouche plays husband Bernard to perfection, too, with just the right amount of odious materialism and hypocrisy, combined with a tinge of genuine sympathy. He genuinely can't comprehend his wife and her actions, and responds in the way that he thinks best.

The movie is beautifully and atmospherically shot - the best compliment I can pay is that it looks just how I imagined it when I read the book. Plus it made me want to read the novel again, because it reminded me just how powerful and "modern" a work it is.

Despite the film's length, there are no "longueurs" (boring bits), and the plot feels surprisingly tight given the lack of action.

So watch this film, enjoy the "look", and be surprised and challenged by the characters and their motivations, and by just how modern Mauriac's ideas were, way back in the 1920s. Definitely recommended.

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