In the Landes region of France, near Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge land parcels and unite neighboring families. Thus, young Thérèse Larroque becomes Mrs. Desqueyroux. But her avant-garde ideas clash with local conventions. In order to break free from the fate imposed upon her and live a full life, she will resort to tragically extreme measures… –Cannes Film Festival
A student at Paris’ IDHEC film school from 1962 through 1963, Miller had his first practical cinematic experience while he was in uniform, serving with Le Service Cinema de L’Armee. From 1965 until 1974, Miller worked in assistant and supervisory capacities for many of France’s major New Wave directors, including Robert Bresson and Jean-Luc Godard. His principal mentor was François Truffaut, under whose tutelage Miller directed a trio of shorts and his first theatrical feature, 1976’s La Meilleure façon de marcher (The Best Way to Walk), a coming-of-age drama which bore traces of Truffaut’s Les Mistons (1957) and The 400 Blows (1959). Miller received César nominations for best director and writing for this film. Subsequent Miller-directed films can also be perceived as homages to Truffaut, many even using the same production personnel. The following year he made Dites-lui que je l’aime, for which he received a second César nomination for Best Director. He won a César Award for Best… read more
Began well but grew tedious towards the end. Stylistically beautiful, aesthetically pleasing, but as others have mentioned, the narrative doesn't seem to translate well into the cinematic medium. Tautou does indeed seem out of her element and despite her best efforts, her performance leaves much to be desired.
Audrey Tautou takes on the challenging titular role, one which requires her to suppress emotions in lieu of expressing them, and she does so quite well. Miller's mise-en-scène is adept; the camera is always where it should be. What delighted me most about this film was the subtlety with which everything was portrayed, which some Americans might find frustrating. I, for one, appreciated the film. Bravo!
Audrey Tautou, despite not so much fiery, was able to play accordingly the role of a defiant woman who tried to escape to an inevitable fate by what she thought to be the only possible way. Review and Rating: http://alwayswatchgoodmovies.blogspot.com/2013/08/therese-2012.html
Strangely uninvolving and emotionally barren final work by Claude Miller.Tautou seems out of her element as the title character with her character's motivation dodgy at best. Solid work from the craftsmen it's the story that lacks. A woman marries for property and financial reasons to realize she is missing passion in her life and when opportunity seemingly comes makes to change her fate with disastrous results.