Therese and Isabell (1968)




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In this film, Therese is sent to an all-girl school when her mother marries a man who dislikes children. She meets Isabelle, and the two become fast friends. After they experience unfulfilling and often brutal sexual encounters with men, the two turn to each other and become lesbian lovers.
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Art House & International , Drama
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Essy Persson
as Therese
Anna Gael
as Isabelle
Barbara Laage
as Therese's Mother
Anne Vernon
as Mlle. Le Blanc
Simone Paris
as The Madame
Maurice Teynac
as Mons. Martin
Remy Longa
as Pierre
Suzanne Marchellier
as Mlle. Germain
Bernadette Stern
as Francoise
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Critic Reviews for Therese and Isabell

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

There is something preposterous in the sight of two adult women (Essy Persson and Anna Gael) costumed and cast as schoolgirls. The effect is roughly as convincing as Jonathan Winters in a Cub Scout uniform.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Lays out stone-cold architecture only to warm it up with the heady rush of sensual intoxication

Full Review… | September 25, 2009

A fairly sensitive, if somewhat exploitative, drama detailing a schoolgirl's foray into lesbianism.

Full Review… | January 11, 2008
TV Guide

Will likely provide a few quaint sexual thrills for straight guys, but, like all pornography, it tends to drag.

Full Review… | June 12, 2005
F5 (Wichita, KS)

a story with substantial grace and beauty, but not much substance

December 16, 2004

Probably the most common misconception about Radley Metzger's films is that they are "innocent."

Full Review… | December 3, 2004
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Therese and Isabell


What was probably groundbreaking 45 years ago is now slow and understated. The beginning of a sapphic relationship is interesting, but still requires standard acting levels that are missing here. Oh and the leads are mislabeled here, the blonde is Isabelle.

Chris H
Chris H

I'm surprised by some of the reviews. This is certainly not pornography of any sort. In fact, I felt it was one of the more thoughtful lesbian themed films, told in a very NON-exploitative fashion. Also a very realistic plot line. It's about a woman named Therese who visits her former all-girl boarding school in France, where she had a passionate romance with a fellow student named Isabelle. Their story is told in flashbacks, which recall the joy and heartbreak of first love. The sex scenes between the girls are handled with care (they're not explicit, but have a very erotic edge to them, nevertheless), and the acting and cinematography are very good. This is definitely worth renting if you're looking for a lesbian-themed film that deals with real emotions and feelings.

Ana Paull
Ana Paull

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