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In the pine-forested Landes region in southwest France, young Thérèse (Tautou) has married wealthy but arrogant Bernard Desqueyroux (Gilles Lellouche, Little White Lies) and is now part of the oppressively traditionalist Desqueyroux family. Although able to live in the lap of luxury, Thérèse soon realizes that her role is to be forever subservient to Bernard and act as little more than his accessory. When her best friend (and Bernard s younger sister) Anna (Anaïs Demoustier, Time of the Wolf) falls madly in love with a handsome young Portuguese man, Thérèse is tasked by the family to persuading Anna to forego her planned nuptials. But as she witnesses first-hand Anna s passionate determination to keep her lover by her side, Thérèse finds her own desire growing and soon sets out to free herself from the provincial conventions that threaten to keep her forever repressed.
Heartfelt, touching, and featuring an emotionally charged performance from Tautou, THÉRÈSE is a glorious testament to one woman s unwavering quest for true love.
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As the film opens, Therese is shown as a relatively normal teenager playing and laughing with her best friend Anne, whose brother she is expected to marry. We learn that Anne has taken up the aristocratic sport of hunting, which Therese finds appalling but there is little more exposition of Therese's character and the film jumps to her short courtship and marriage. Therese and her intended, an older man named Bernard, both agree that it is good to marry their forests together, but other than that they appear to have little in common. We assume that the coming marriage will have little passion, but the movie is really about Therese's deeper compulsions.
As her wedding approaches there is a short scene with Anne in which Therese states that she is having thoughts she shares with no one and believes that marriage will correct them. She repeats this to Bernard and we get the feeling that perhaps she is protesting the lack of intellectual respect for women and their thoughts. At this point the viewer is prepared to learn more about her views and how they are thwarted by the society she lives in. Without giving away too many details of the story, my problem with the film stems from the fact that the nature of these thoughts and her subsequent behaviors are never explored or foreshadowed in a satisfying manner.Read more ›
It's a marriage of convenience, rich marrying rich. The provincial marrying the boor. As psychologists say, when you marry for money, you earn every cent. Therese and Bernard will both experience that by the end of this film. Therese longs for something else. She glimpses what she longs for when she meets the first love of Anne. Jean (Stanley Weber) talks of spurning conventionality and dreams big dreams. You sense it is wakening something in her. But there are so little choices for women who dream, who marry young, and are stuck in the French countryside. You pity them. You pity their servants even more.
This movie could be titled "Desperate Measures", as Therese goes to desperate measures to free herself. She envisions herself doing desperate things. And she acts on some of her visions. Therese is not necessarily a sympathetic character, nor is her husband or their families. However, you see how imprisoned she is because of the times, narrow choices for women and her location. We never discuss feelings, Therese admits to Jean. We discuss hunting and the weather.Read more ›
I had mixed feelings about this film.
What I loved: the beauty of the location and filming, the outdoor lifestyle, the settings
What troubled me: the selfish cruelty of how Therese dealt with her unhappiness. Instead of having the guts to extricate herself in a way that would only risk herself, she resorts to a cruel means to try to free herself. I had a hard time sympathizing with her after that, especially seeing her lack of empathy or remorse.
What helped: there was some redemption later on, and some touching final scenes.
Let me warn all the couple out there too - this is NOT a date movie! This is one of those films that leaves you feeling miserable after you watch it. If your girlfriend/boyfriend already has mental issues or insecurities? FORGET WATCHING THIS FILM - You'll be sorry you did! lol
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Very compelling story and great acting -
Worthwhile to watch.
I love Audrey Tautou and I love period pieces however, this movie made me want to slash my wrists. I thought it was a happier movie but it's about the frustration of a woman who... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kerry
Well-acted period drama about life and times in provincial France when women were nothing more than chattel. Read morePublished 8 months ago by NCIndependent
A good movie but I prefer the original version with Philippe NoiretPublished 10 months ago by Francoise C. Shah
unusual but depressive movie.liked countryside and costumes.Published 11 months ago by snezana gracic
Really like Audrey and her acting in this one is superb and so different. She smiles maybe 30 times in the film. Marries for business reason but still is not happy about it. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Tom Falcon