6.2/10
507
9 user 14 critic

Therese and Isabelle (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 1969 (France)
Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school...

Director:

Radley Metzger

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A jaded, wealthy couple watch a blue movie in their castle home along with her adult son. The son is testy, so they go into town and watch a circus-like thrill ride. The daredevil woman in ... See full summary »

Director: Radley Metzger
Stars: Silvana Venturelli, Frank Wolff, Erika Remberg
Camille 2000 (1969)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A child of the sixties sexual revolution, beautiful, sensuous Marguerite is addicted to sex and money. She is kept by a wealthy man, has a string of young lovers and hosts wild orgies in ... See full summary »

Director: Radley Metzger
Stars: Danièle Gaubert, Nino Castelnuovo, Eleonora Rossi Drago
Carmen, Baby (1967)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A sexy temptress no man can resist and a local police officer who falls hard for her become embroiled in a complicated intrigue of passion and jealousy in Radley Metzger's boldly original erotic update of the opera Carmen.

Director: Radley Metzger
Stars: Uta Levka, Claus Ringer, Carl Möhner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa's apartheid era.

Director: Shamim Sarif
Stars: Lisa Ray, Sheetal Sheth, Parvin Dabas
Fingersmith (2005)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

In Victorian England, Sue, a young thief, participates in a scam to defraud a rich heiress by becoming her maid. Things take an unexpected turn and Sue's plan goes horribly wrong.

Stars: Elaine Cassidy, Sally Hawkins, Imelda Staunton
If These Walls Could Talk 2 (TV Movie 2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Trio of stories about lesbian couples in three different decades.

Directors: Jane Anderson, Martha Coolidge, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Marian Seldes, Paul Giamatti
Mother (1973)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Woman rises from being an out-of-work actress to the wife of a powerful South American dictator.

Director: Radley Metzger
Stars: Siegfried Rauch, Christiane Krüger, Ivan Desny
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1943 Berlin, a Nazi officer's wife meets and starts a passionate affair with a Jewish woman.

Director: Max Färberböck
Stars: Maria Schrader, Juliane Köhler, Johanna Wokalek
Desert Hearts (1985)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A woman on the precipice of divorce becomes drawn to a ranchowner's daughter.

Director: Donna Deitch
Stars: Helen Shaver, Patricia Charbonneau, Audra Lindley
Dark Odyssey (1961)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A young Greek immigrant confronts New York City while searching for the man who raped his sister.

Directors: William Kyriakis, Radley Metzger
Stars: Athan Karras, Jeanne Jerrems, David Hooks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A couple about to be married are both having affairs, with women. This campy sex-romp takes place in some European city where everyone appears to be sex crazed and speaks with a different ... See full summary »

Director: Radley Metzger
Stars: Anne Arthur, Karin Field, Sabrina Koch
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Keeley Hawes, Anna Chancellor
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The strangest love story ever told. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

18 June 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Thérèse et Isabelle See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Star Essy Persson appeared live at New York's Trans-Lux 85th St. theater on the film's opening night. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Therese: I never saw Isabelle again.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This was a milestone for erotic films…
12 October 2008 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

It was a serious attempt to show the developing sexuality of two schoolgirls and did not try to exploit its fact… Even by today's standards, the film is interesting and provocative…

Therese and Isabelle are both attending the same girl's school… Therese is energetic, intelligent, and becomes a mentor for the innocent, naive, sweet Isabelle… She guides her through a number of exotic experiences, including a trip through an exclusive brothel, into her first lesbian liaison, and indirectly into her first heterosexual experience…

The film does not exploit any sex, nor is there an abundance of nudity... The imagery is effective, but sometimes the camera lingers too long, and the story goes slowly…

The director, Radley Metzger, went on to make a number of explicit erotic films under the name of Henry Paris… He always has extremely detailed stories, good acting, and very high standards of cinematography...

Artistically, however, this is perhaps his most complete… His later attempts supplied for entertainment, whereas "Therese and Isabelle" was a study into the nature of youthful eroticism...


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed