Thérèse Desqueyroux
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Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Premiere Status:France
Year of Prod:2011
Running Time:106
Original Language:French
dir:Claude Miller
prod:Yves Marmion
scr:Claude Miller
Natalie Carter
cam:Gérard de Battista
editor:Véronique Lange
mus:Mathieu Alvado
cast:Audrey Tautou
Gilles Lellouche
Anais Demoustier
Catherine Arditi
Isabelle Sadoyan
Francis Perrin
Jean-Claude Calon
source:MPI Media Group
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Late French writer-director Claude Miller’s final film, an adaptation of François Mauriac’s famed novel, features a storyline that could have been lifted straight from a film in the tradition of Hitchcock or Clouzot. But Thérèse is not an exercise in stylish depravity so much as an affecting, simmering psychological melodrama that creates a portrait of a central character no less dark than Hitchcock’s heroines, just differently shaded. As timber heiress Thérèse Desqueyroux, an Anna Karenina-esque woman of privilege trapped in a staid existence in the 1920s French countryside, Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) portrays the nuances of desperation and regret with a sophisticated, world-weary subtlety. Trapped in a loveless marriage, stifled by societal convention and jealous of her best friend’s passionate affair, Thérèse makes a snap decision to alter the course of her life, with potentially deadly consequences. While a director’s late-period films are often characterized by a death obsession (and from its opening scene, the specter of mortality colors Thérèse), Miller’s film is not really about that ultimate finality, but rather a sort of perversely antiheroic rebirth, offering a ray of hope glimmering amidst the long shadows cast by Thérèse’s beloved pines.
-Michelle Devereaux
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Claude Miller

French filmmaker Claude Miller (1942–2012) began his career as an assistant director and production manager for legendary directors Robert Bresson, Jacques Demy, Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, contributing to films such as Au Hasard Balthazar (1966), The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her (1967) and Day for Night (1972). He made his feature debut as writer-director with The Best Way to Walk (SFIFF 1976). Other films include L’effrontée (SFIFF 1985) and The Little Thief (1988)—both starring a young Charlotte Gainsbourg—Garde à vue (1981) and Class Trip, which won the Jury Prize at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival.