Run Time: 110 minutes
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 is a beautifully conceived drama of exquisite taste. Marvelously played by the luminous Audrey Tautou, Therese 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 casual disinterestedness shown her by her arrogant husband, Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), sets her mind in motion. Life is easy at first, as Bernard’s pinewood estates keep them both in the lap of luxury. But when Thérèse’s best friend Anne (Anaïs Demoustier), who also happens to be Bernard’s younger sister, falls madly in love with a handsome young Portuguese man, Thérèse begins to see what she has been missing in her life. Corralled by Bernard’s family into persuading Anne to forego her planned nuptials, she begins to see first-hand the awesome power of passionate love, as Anne will go to any length to keep her lover by her side. Soon, Therese begins her own fight against the oppressive Desqueyroux family.
Claude Miller, Natalie Carter
Gérard De Battista
Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Catherine Arditi, Isabelle Sadoyan
Claude Miller was born in 1942 in Paris. He studied at Paris' IDHEC film school and directed his first feature film in 1976. He passed away in April of 2012.
"The Best Way to Walk" (1976), "Deadly Circuit" (1983), "The Little Thief" (1988), "Class Trip" (1998), "Alias Betty" (2001), "Little Lili" (2003), "A Secret" (2007), "I'm Glad My Mother Is Alive" (2009), THÉRÈSE (2012)