Thérèse Desqueyroux

Thérèse Desqueyroux

Thérèse Desqueyroux

Audrey Tautou stars in this French period drama as an unhappily married woman struggling to break free from suffocating social pressures and her boring provincial setting. Directed by the late Claude Miller, based on the 1927 literary classic Thérèse Desqueyroux.

Thérèse has married less for love than for convenience, but it is not long before the casual disinterestedness shown by 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), also Bernard's younger sister, falls passionately in love with a handsome young Portuguese man, Thérèse begins to see what her life is missing. Soon, she begins her own fight against the oppressive Desqueyroux family.

2012Rating: M, contains sex scenes110 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
DramaHistoricalWorld Cinema
Director:
Claude Miller ('Un Secret', 'Betty Fisher and Other Stories')
Writer:
Claude MillerNatalie Carter
Cast:
Audrey TautouGilles LelloucheAnaïs Demoustier
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

It’s a blessing Audrey Tautou is so infinitely watchable because this leaden-paced period piece comes close to buckling under its own misery. Tautou, as the title character Therese, forges a successful match with the wealthy next-door neighbour – when success means combining their respective land holdings and ensuring the newlyweds can comfortably sit around smoking in country manors looking flapping gorgeous.

Variety

Variety

press

Tastefully upholstered, but the narrative generates little heat, empathy or momentum.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Without the presence of Tautou, this would be a dry heritage pic; with her, it brews a sense of enigma that just about saves the day.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Tautou gives a self-possessed, complex performance – we sense a dam-burst of rage and boredom behind her mask. Otherwise... a tad on the stiff side.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's an opaque performance from Tautou in many ways, understandably so, and perhaps the film does not fully get inside her mind and heart; a confident, robust work nevertheless.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Rich themes, beautifully illustrated. But fails to wow.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Polished... has the glossy, well-dressed, slightly staid feel of a middlebrow TV miniseries.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Stifling like an airless house, Miller's adaptation of the period novel is a beautiful, measured epitaph.

3.0
Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

flicks

It’s a blessing Audrey Tautou is so infinitely watchable because this leaden-paced period piece comes close to buckling under its own misery. Tautou, as the title character Therese, forges a successful match with the wealthy next-door neighbour – when success means combining their respective land holdings and ensuring the newlyweds can comfortably sit around smoking in country manors looking flapping gorgeous.

Variety

Variety

press

Tastefully upholstered, but the narrative generates little heat, empathy or momentum.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Without the presence of Tautou, this would be a dry heritage pic; with her, it brews a sense of enigma that just about saves the day.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Tautou gives a self-possessed, complex performance – we sense a dam-burst of rage and boredom behind her mask. Otherwise... a tad on the stiff side.

3.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's an opaque performance from Tautou in many ways, understandably so, and perhaps the film does not fully get inside her mind and heart; a confident, robust work nevertheless.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

Rich themes, beautifully illustrated. But fails to wow.

3.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Polished... has the glossy, well-dressed, slightly staid feel of a middlebrow TV miniseries.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Stifling like an airless house, Miller's adaptation of the period novel is a beautiful, measured epitaph.

3.0

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