Audrey Tautou stars as a provincial housewife in 1920s France, whose suffocating marriage to a boorish landowner inspires her to a fatal bid for freedom, in the late director Claude Miller's exquisite adaptation of the classic novel by François Mauriac. 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, Thérèse is a heroine hewn from the same stock as Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, suffocated by her provincial marriage.

Thérèse Desqueroux 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 estate keeps 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, Thérèse begins her own fight against the oppressive Desqueyroux family.

Miller makes the novel fully his own, floating his camera through the refined and cushioned rooms of the family’s estate and the magnificent outdoor vistas of the Landes countryside, capturing all the nuances of this battle of wills. But, finally, the film belongs to Tautou, who conveys all the inflections of hurt and pain, love and sorrow, demanded of her. After AMÉLIE, Tautou has found a role that does full justice to her talents.

Written and Directed by Claude Miller
based on the novel by François Mauriac


New York, NY - Angelika Film Center
Los Angeles, CA - Laemmle Royal
Encino, CA - Laemmle Town Center
Pasadena, CA - Laemmle Playhouse 7

Washington DC - E Street
Boston, MA - Landmark Kendall Square
Chicago, IL - Landmark Century Centre
San Francisco, CA - Landmark (TBD)
Berkeley, CA - Landmark Shattuck

Philadelphia, PA - Ritz at the Bourse
Minneapolis, MN - Landmark Theatres
Seattle, WA - Landmark TBD

Portland, OR - Living Room Theatres

Denver, CO - SIE Film Center