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…
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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!