Therese Desqueyroux (aka Thérèse) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
A wonderfully simple yet beautiful movie Therese Desqueyroux tells the story of a young woman living in rural France in the early part of the 20th Century where feminism is a far flung concept. Therese, played by the ever engaging and utterly captivating Audrey Tatou is a woman trapped in a marriage of convenience, unable to express herself or even vocalize the myriad of unorthodox and creative thoughts and ideas that swirl around in her head.
Her husband Bernard, the man chosen for her by her family, is a rich, strict Catholic whose life is anchored in the traditional and bourgeois; where his wife, pale, delicate and beautiful in herself, seeks freedom of expression he stands at the other end of the spectrum, immovable as a mountain.
When Therese discovers that increasing her husbands medication causes him to become ill and bed ridden she is torn between her morals and her desires; her longing for experience and passion are set against her ethics and as viewers were are forced to wonder which aspect of this most signifies her humanity?
I daren’t tell you any more about this lovely piece of French cinema, other than that some of views and scenes, particularly those that take place in pine forests owned by Bernard and his family, are utterly exquisite.