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Therese (1986)




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The legend of Therese Martin, canonized as a saint and popularly known as "the Little Flower of Jesus," is affectionately related in this 1986 French film. At 15, Therese (Catherine Mouchet) enters the convent, hoping to become a Carmelite nun. While preparing for her life as a "Bride of Jesus," Therese begins keeping a journal, eloquently pouring out her fervent spiritualism between its pages. Her unbending devotion to her calling seems to literally sap her of all strength; in 1897, she dies of tuberculosis, a profound loss for the other Carmelites who have come to love her as much as she loves Jesus. Therese is one of those rare films that is able to thoroughly convey the euphoria of spiritualism, rather than pay it mere lip service. After sweeping the 1986 Cesar Awards (France's equivalent of the Oscar), Therese went on to win the Cannes Film Festival Jury Prize.


Beatrice DeVigan
as The Singer
Noele Chantre
as The Old Woman
Anna Bernelat
as The Cripple
M.L. Eberschweiler
as The Painter
M.C. Brown-Sarda
as Gatekeeper
Evy Carcassonne
as Picture Framer
Renee Cretien
as Les Petales
Jean Pieuchot
as The Bishop
Lucien Folet
as Old Man with Flowers
Pierre Maintigneux
as Convent Doctor
Guy Faucon
as Aimee's Fiance
Joël le François
as The Young Doctor
Joël Lefrançois
as Young Doctor
Simone Dubocq
as Embroideress
as Child in the Chorus
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Critic Reviews for Therese

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

I found it amazing that Cavalier's uncinematic film turned out so well.

November 5, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Built of fleeting minimalist vignettes, almost snapshots, glimpses of its subject rather than an integral portrait. Is the final explanation from below or from above?

October 13, 2004 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Extraordinary film as a work of art and as a meditation on spirituality

September 1, 2002 | Full Review…

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