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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (France) See more »

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Thérèse See more »

Filming Locations:

Gironde, France See more »

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$12,700,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Swiss censorship certificate # 1009.69 See more »

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Version of Therese (1962) See more »

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Convention and depression
21 February 2016 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

There are strong echoes of Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina in Claude Miller's film 'Therese Desqueyroux', derived from a 1920s novel about a woman trapped by convention in a stultifying marriage to a mediocre man. But where Emma Bovary is stupid, Therese is deeply intelligent; whereas Emma has an affair, Therese merely learns of that of her sister in law; and whereas Emma kills herself, Therese tries to murder her husband. In modern parlance, Therese is medically depressed; but while depression may lead to irrational behaviour, it is not itself necessarily without cause. In all these stories, one can feel ambiguous sympathy for the entitled husbands, who may not be likable per se, but who don't fully deserve the hand that fate deals them. There's a nice scene at the end of this film which neatly summarises Monsiuer Desqueyroux's utter emotional constipation. I also liked the way that the time and place (the Landes forest in south west France) are portrayed, and Audtey Tatou is very good in a role which is the opposite of cute.


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