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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)
Claude Miller (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) ...
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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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"Cinematographic, nuanced, eloquent and lyrical..." 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
Lucía Bretones-Méndez .... key makeup artist
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
Edouard Omnès .... grip
Eric Sicot .... first assistant camera
Jean-Baptiste Thibaud .... aerial camera operator: close range
Lucie Zappa .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Adèle Bruchert .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paule Mangenot .... costume supervisor
Joanna Texier .... costume
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
Patrick Kesteloot .... animals
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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Swiss censorship certificate # 1009.69See more »
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Version of Therese (1962)See more »


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19 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
"Cinematographic, nuanced, eloquent and lyrical...", 16 June 2013
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

French screenwriter, producer and director Claude Miller's fifteenth and final feature film which he co-wrote with French screenwriter Natalie Carter, is an adaptation of a novel from 1927 by French author and playwright François Mauriac (1895-1970) and a remake of a French film from 1962 by French filmmaker Georges Franju (1912-1987). It premiered Out of competition at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival in 2012, was screened in the Special Presentations section at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, was shot on locations in France and is a French production which was produced by producer Yves Marmion. It tells the story about a woman named Thérèse Desqueyroux who lives in a Provencal village in France with her father and her grandmother. Thérèse has a close and sister-like relationship with a girl named Anne de la Trave who lives in a mansion with her mother and brother named Bernard who is a hunter and a landowner, but after Thérèse marries Bernard and her friend meets a man named Jean Azevedo they don't get to see each other as much as before and Thérèse begins to regard her marriage as conventional and as a prison of duties where she no longer recognizes herself.

Distinctly and brilliantly directed by French filmmaker Claude Miller (1942-2012), this quietly paced fictional tale which is narrated by the main character and mostly from her point of view, draws a mindful and tangible portrayal of a cultured French woman who after choosing to become a wife and realizing what it entails is so plagued by her decision and bored by her Catholic husband that she commits a crucial act. While notable for its naturalistic and atmospheric milieu depictions, sterling cinematography by French cinematographer Gérard De Battista, production design by production designer Laurence Brenguier, costume design by French costume designer Jacqueline Bouchard and use of sound and light, this dialog-driven, monologue-driven and narrative-driven story about an independent-minded woman who discovers her true identity after becoming a someone in a bourgeoisie society depicts a multifaceted study of character and contains an efficient instrumental score.

This internally dramatic, non-judgmental, rhythmic, reflective and romantic drama which is set in Argelouse in the Landes department in Southwestern France during the 1920s in the aftermath of the First World War and where a young woman falls in love with a Jewish man whom her family prevents her from seeing as they have a man from another family named Deguihelm in mind for her, and her closest friend whom has married her brother is suffocating in her matrimony, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, timely use of music, undertones of mystery and the distinguished acting performances by French actress Audrey Tautou, French actor, screenwriter and director Gilles Lellouche and French actress Anaïs Demoustier. A cinematographic, nuanced, eloquent and lyrical period piece which honors the art of storytelling in cinema.

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