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Therese and Isabelle (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 1969 (France)
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Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school...


Radley Metzger


Violette Leduc (based on the novel by), Jesse Vogel (screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Essy Persson Essy Persson ... Thérèse
Anna Gaël ... Isabelle (as Anna Gael)
Barbara Laage ... Thérèse's mother
Anne Vernon ... Mademoiselle Le Blanc
Simone Paris Simone Paris ... The Madame
Maurice Teynac Maurice Teynac ... Monsieur Martin
Rémy Longa Rémy Longa ... Pierre
Nathalie Nort Nathalie Nort ... Renée
Darcy Pulliam Darcy Pulliam ... Agnès
Suzanne Marchellier Suzanne Marchellier ... Mademoiselle Germain
Bernadette Stern Bernadette Stern ... Françoise
Sege Geeraert Sege Geeraert
Martine Leclerc Martine Leclerc ... Martine
Édith Ploquin Édith Ploquin
Alexandra Kabes Alexandra Kabes


A older woman visits the boarding school of her youth after a 20 year absense. While strolling about the deserted grounds and classrooms she remembers her highly emotional experiences there, and well-executed flashbacks occur to her youth. At 17 she is abandoned by her loving mother because of remarriage and left at a European boarding school, disenchanted and lonely. Immediately she meets Isabell, an older, confident, rebellious girl. The two develop a friendship quickly without much conversation or bonding, but have the always temporary chemistry necessary for their friendship to progress into a sexual relationship. The sex scenes are slow and sensual -as they should be for two young girls experiencing lesbianism for the first time. Despite their undying love confessions to each other, Theresa wakes up one morning to find Isabell has left the school, her room and desk replaced with another student. She never see's Isabell again. Written by Anonymous

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The strangest love story ever told. See more »


Drama | Romance


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French | English

Release Date:

18 June 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$250,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed MOS (without recorded dialogue) but with the cast enunciating in English; then prepared in separate English and French language versions for release. See more »


[last lines]
Therese: I never saw Isabelle again.
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Get a Life!!!!
21 April 2006 | by noirmoonSee all my reviews

This is a film.., not porn.

This is a wonderful film!!! Full of tender moments and memories!! A beautiful piece of work!!! Excellent!!! For intelligent, viewers only!!!

If you are a film lover. A romantic. A person who has loved deeply, this is your film!!!!

It has a beautiful surreal quality. Fine acting and directing. Watching this film made me remember my first love.

Thi is a film for those who want to reflect on life, love and the meaning of loss.

Highly recommended for all film lovers.

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