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.
Art House & International , Drama
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Aurore Prieto
as Celine
Sylvie Habault
as Pauline
Clemence Massart
as Prioress
Beatrice DeVigan
as The Singer
Noele Chantre
as The Old Woman
Anna Bernelat
as The Cripple
Sylvaine Massart
as The Nurse
M.L. Eberschweiler
as The Painter
M.C. Brown-Sarda
as Gatekeeper
Jean Pelegri
as Father
Evy Carcassonne
as Picture Framer
Michel Rivelin
as Pranzini
Renee Cretien
as Les Petales
Jean Pieuchot
as The Bishop
Armand Meppiel
as The Pope
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
Simone Dubocq
as Embroideress
Joël Lefrançois
as Young Doctor
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.

Full Review… | November 4, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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?

Full Review… | October 13, 2004
Decent Films Guide

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

Full Review… | September 1, 2002
Spirituality and Practice

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June 30, 2005

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Full Review… | November 15, 2004
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | July 30, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Therese

Mar 2011 - I suspected my interest in this catholic portrayal of St Therese may have declined after nearly 20 years but it is as fresh as ever. The images are as powerful as the magnificent silence. And so much for Mouchet's face and her amazing portrayal of Therese. The movie concentrates completely on the human relations and emotions and avoids any divine intervention or presence and this makes it more a humanistic drama than it is a religious one.

Hossein N
Hossein N

[img][/img][b]Therese[/b] [i]dir[/i] Alain Cavalier I love a good European film, especially an in-depth, emotionally displayed French one. Therese is the story of St. Therese de Lisleux(Catherine Mouchet). She was a young French nun who died of tuberculosis during her work with the Carmelites. Potential for a moving story, eh? Sadly, despite the rather ample subject [i]Therese[/i] attempts to portray, what was seen here was an unsuccessful attempt at a Bergman homage. Therese is not all [i]Cries and Whispers[/i] though (natch). While Cavalier sets a wonderful pace and tone, and the actress playing the young saint-to-be is charming, the film fails to delve into any of the characters save for the father. We are led to believe St. Therese walked around with a sickly-sweet smile her entire days, and this is perhaps the sole reason she was canonized. There is little attention to her journal. We see her writing occasionally, and hear all of a handful of sentences. No growth or arc in this being at all. In fact, only one scene speaks to Therese's inner self: a key scene meant as a bookend where she assists an ailing elder nun. I expected more. :rotten:4/10*, but worth a look for the beautiful use of aspect ratio, if you have a strong stomach for illness scenes

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