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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 23, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 49% 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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Jason Solomons
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

Audrey Tautou's gamine charms fail to lift Therese Desqueyroux, a handsome but dreary adaptation of Francois Mauriac's stifling novel of Catholic guilt.

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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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Larushka Ivan-Zadeh
Metro (UK)

Truffaut protégé Claude Miller sadly died shortly after filming but his directorial reputation will rest safer on earlier films such as La Petite Voleuse.

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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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Simon Abrams

It only looks like Tautou does a lot with a little in her performance because much of her character's inner life is implied through pensive scenes of her frowning and deferring her gaze.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

But while the final shot shows the possibility of hope, what comes before is too depressingly dour to turn so sharply into that.

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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