Thérèse Desqueyroux Sunday, 29 March 2020

Thérèse Desqueyroux

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Sex scenes.

  • The pitch:

    A woman endures a poisonous marriage.

  • Starring:

    Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Stanley Weber, Francis Perrin, Isabelle Sadoyan, Françoise Goubert, Gérard Bayle, Max Morel, Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi, Matilda Marty-Giraut

  • Directed by:

    Claude Miller

  • Running time:

    110 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), NR (USA)


    Hunting (pigeons, rabbit are shot). A girl kisses a dead pigeon then breaks its neck. A man is deliberately poisoned. A woman is shoved, pushed, hit. Shouting. Forgery, arson. A glass is thrown at a woman. Blood/gore: A man appears to suffer a heart/angina attack. Vomiting. Tuberculosis (discussed). A doctor sticks pins in a man's leg to diagnose paralysis. Stretcher.


    Couples have consensual sex (noises heard and sexual motions). Kissing. Sexual activity, masturbation, syphilis (discussed).


    Alcohol (beer, wine, spirits). Chain-smoking.A man consumes valerian, drops of a prescribed tonic (presumably arsenic).


    B*tches. Name-calling, antisemitism. Religious references.


    Marriage, unhappiness, friendship, poison, depression, addiction, provincial life, families 1920s France, social mores.


    Wedding, judicial and funeral settings. A mother rejects her baby. Birds (netted alive and dead), dead rabbit, sheep, horses. Pigsty (mentioned). Thunder, bushfires. French language (subtitled).


    Hushed, introspective tone. Tautou gives a remarkably nuanced performance. Innovative adaptation of the novel.


    Open ending may frustrate. Adaptation is too linear.

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