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Thérèse (2012)

Thérèse Desqueyroux (original title)
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An unhappily married woman struggles to break free from social pressures.

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

François Mauriac (novel), Claude Miller (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audrey Tautou ... Thérèse Larroque - épouse Desqueyroux
Gilles Lellouche ... Bernard Desqueyroux
Anaïs Demoustier ... Anne de la Trave
Catherine Arditi Catherine Arditi ... Madame de la Trave
Isabelle Sadoyan Isabelle Sadoyan ... Tante Clara
Francis Perrin Francis Perrin ... Monsieur Larroque
Stanley Weber ... Jean Azevedo
Max Morel Max Morel ... Balion
Françoise Goubert Françoise Goubert ... Balionte
Jean-Claude Calon Jean-Claude Calon ... Monsieur de la Trave
Alba Gaïa Bellugi Alba Gaïa Bellugi ... Thérèse Larroque à 15 ans
Matilda Marty-Giraut Matilda Marty-Giraut ... Anne de la Trave à 15 ans
Gérard Bayle Gérard Bayle ... Pedemay
Yves Jacques ... Maître Duros
Bernard Lebeau Bernard Lebeau ... Ponte Bordeaux
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The year is 1926. In the Landes region, free-spirited Thérèse Larroque, the daughter of a wealthy pinery owner and radical-socialist politician, marries Bernard Desqueyroux, another pinery owner. Although she does it half-heartedly, she thinks that marriage may help her to "sort out all the ideas in her mind". But her disappointment is great. Her wedding night is all but fascinating and when she becomes pregnant she realizes the baby matters more to Bernard than herself. While Thérèse stifles in her husband's beautiful residence among stiff in-laws who do not think high of her, ideas keep on roaming her mind. Written by Guy Bellinger

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The fate of a woman.

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Thérèse See more »

Filming Locations:

Gironde, France See more »

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Budget:

$12,700,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Last film of Claude Miller who died of cancer on 4-4-2012. See more »

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Version of Therese (1962) See more »

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from "La petite Messe Solenelle"
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Just the right combination of repressed passion and existential angst, in a beautiful setting
2 January 2014 | by paperbackboySee all my reviews

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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