Thérèse (2013)

François Mauriac's legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller in his final film. Sumptuously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Tirdad Derakhshani
Philadelphia Inquirer

A remarkably pretty, if equally dour, portrait of the bored, oppressive life led by the provincial bourgeoisie.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

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.

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

'Thérèse' is as emotionally distant as its heroine

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Exquisitely tasteful but suffocatingly dull ...

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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

The magnificent nature that surrounds Therese becomes her prison. It's an interesting paradox, but not necessarily an especially satisfying experience.

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Marc Mohan

[Miller's] best-known works, including "The Little Thief" and "Alias Betty," centered on complex female protagonists, and "Thérèse" is a fitting final addition to his filmography.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Mr. Miller's stolid approach - with its waxwork figures, postcard beauty, insistent tastefulness and glaze of politesse - feels far too comfortably of this world to mount a critique of it.

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Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

Exactly the kind of film the French New Wave was rebelling against.

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Therese (Tautou), the daughter of a wealthy land-owner, marries the equally endowed Bernard (Lellouche), an older man who presides over a neighboring estate,… More