Thérèse
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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 Landes area in southwest France, THÉRÈSE DESQUEYROUX is a beautifully conceived drama of exquisite taste. Marvelously played by the luminous Audrey Tautou, Thérèse is a heroine hewn from the same stock as Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, suffocated by her provincial marriage. Thérèse has married less for love than for convenience, but it is not long before the… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 52%

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"A remarkably pretty, if equally dour, portrait of the bored, oppressive life led by the provincial bourgeoisie."
‑ Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"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."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"'Thérèse' is as emotionally distant as its heroine"
‑ John Wirt, Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
"Although this remake of the 1962 classic is beautifully shot and acted, it's so hollow and bleak that it leaves us cold."
‑ Rich Cline, Contactmusic.com
"It's OK for a movie character to be unlikable, but she better be more interesting than Therese is."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Exquisitely tasteful but suffocatingly dull ..."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"The magnificent nature that surrounds Therese becomes her prison. It's an interesting paradox, but not necessarily an especially satisfying experience."
‑ Stephanie Merry, Washington Post
"[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."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Difficult to embrace."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Miller seems distracted to a point of being uninterested, consumed with making a lovely feature about sinister interests, and it doesn't have the impact it should."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Exactly the kind of film the French New Wave was rebelling against."
‑ Michael Nordine, Willamette Week
"THERESE is the type of French period melodrama that scares the common moviegoer from watching anything with subtitles. With no real focus or intriguing characters, this movie is a chore."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Film Geek Central
"It's like watching a slow-burning fuse approach a bomb of psychotic suppression. You don't know what kind of destruction will result, or its consequences, but you sense its inevitability."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
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