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as Therese Desqueyroux
as Bernard Desqueyroux
as Anne de la Trave
as Jean Azevedo
as Mme. de la Trave
as Jerome Larroque
as Hector de la Trave
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Critic Reviews for Thérèse
A remarkably pretty, if equally dour, portrait of the bored, oppressive life led by the provincial bourgeoisie.
While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry.
The film looks great. As for the human element, the mood is more apathetic than tragic, and star Audrey Tautou has to take much of the blame for the film's failure.
The magnificent nature that surrounds Therese becomes her prison. It's an interesting paradox, but not necessarily an especially satisfying experience.
Audience Reviews for Thérèse
This is a surprisingly unexpected and nuanced study of a woman. I had guessed the arch of the story wrong several times as it clearly does not follow the usual conventional film script. Instead of the sharp delineation of good vs. evil, crime vs. punishment, this is about cruelty and charity in unlikely places. In the end, it is still an optimistic view of human condition: we all have capacity to learn, learn to forgive and move on.
Hmmm, there were poor reception in general. Me too found it starts off rather flat yet corny. But the farther it goes, the more indulging it becomes. Not bad seeing a different & no more superficial, cutepie Audrey Tautou either.
Based in part (the novel is much more) on the 1927 François Mauriac novel Thérèse Desqueyroux , this film stars Audrey Tautou (Amelie) as the title character who finds herself in a marriage of convenience (they both own property and each want more) to a rather dull man (Gilles Lellouche - Mesrine) whom Thérèse accepts/tolerates until her sister-in-law and best friend, Anna (Anais Demoustier - Elles) falls passionately in love with a Portuguese man making Thérèse realize what her life is lacking. Unsure of what to do, Thérèse takes drastic action in hopes of finding the love/freedom she sees others share. The novel has much more depth to it (this film leaves out many events found in its pages) but is similar to the more well-known Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina. While I am a sucker for costume drama, I found much of this film dull -- like her marriage -- and it only picks up late into the film. It leaves much out and so the film makes it difficult to find much sympathy for any of these characters other than Anna. The landscapes are pretty and Tautou can play dowdy and dour but this isn't one I would recommend even to fellow Merchant Ivory enthusiasts. It wanted to be more.
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