Thérèse Desqueyroux

  • 12A
  • Claude Miller (2012)
  • Fr (SUB)
  • 110 min
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Film Review
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3 out of 5

An independent-minded young woman marries into a conventional land-owning family with disastrous results in this screen adaptation of Nobel winner François Mauriac's 1927 novel. Audrey Tautou shines as the eponymous antiheroine, whose actions scandalise local society and bitterly confuse her well-meaning husband Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), who's more at home with hunting and shooting than pondering feminine neuroses. This final film from respected French director Claude Miller (The Little Thief, A Secret) adopts a more straightforward timeline than the original book, and makes a brave decision not to over-explain Therese's dark motivations. The undeniably atmospheric result boasts an abiding sense of ominous intrigue, which will draw in some viewers but might prove too enigmatic for some tastes. What's not in doubt, however, is the quality of Tautou's central performance, utterly mesmerising as her implacable inner demons push her into conflict with everything around her.

Plot Summary

Premiere. An outspoken woman in 1920s France gets married so that her father and fiance can combine their business interests. Trapped in a loveless relationship and at odds with the repressive society she finds herself in, she is driven to desperation and considers poisoning her husband. Drama based on Francois Mauriac's novel, starring Audrey Tautou and Gilles Lellouche. In French.

Cast and crew


Thérèse Desqueyroux
Audrey Tautou
Bernard Desqueyroux
Gilles Lellouche
Anne de la Trave
Anaïs Demoustier
Madame de la Trave
Catherine Arditi
Jean Azevedo
Stanley Weber
Aunt Clara
Isabelle Sadoyan
Monsieur Larroque
Francis Perrin
Yves Jacques
Therese Larroque
Alba Gaïa Bellugi


Claude Miller

Other Information

French +subtitles
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Sex scenes.
Released 7 Jun 2013