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Therese Desqueyroux [Blu-ray]

Audrey Tautou , Gilles Lellouche , Claude Miller    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anaïs Demoustier
  • Directors: Claude Miller
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,791 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

1926: In the French region of Landes, near Bordeaux, marriages are arranged to merge property and unite neighbouring families. Thus, young Therese Larroque becomes Madame Desqueyroux. However, her avant-garde ideas soon clash with local conventions and her domineering husband, and in order to break free from the fate imposed upon her she will resort to tragically extreme measures.

Starring AUDREY TAUTOU (Amelie, Coco Before Chanel, Delicacy) and Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Little White Lies).

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), French ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: The year is 1926. In the Landes region, free-spirited Thérèse Larroque, the daughter of a wealthy pinery owner and radical-socialist politician, marries Bernard Desqueyroux, another pinery owner. Although she does it half-heartedly, she thinks that marriage may help her to 'sort out all the ideas in her mind'. But her disappointment is great. Her wedding night is all but fascinating and when she becomes pregnant she realizes the baby matters more to Bernard than herself. While Thérèse stifles in her husband's beautiful residence among stiff in-laws who do not think high of her, ideas keep on roaming her mind. ...Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012) ( Thérèse ) (Blu-Ray)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great 23 May 2013
I was lucky enough to watch this movie on a long haul flight. I am a great lover of French movies and this movie now ranks as one of my favourites. Miss Tatou was excellent in the role as the wife to a husband who is going through hypochondriac phase in his life. The husband also has ambitions to make his family to be the owners of the biggest Pine Tree plantations in the country. The wife has had enough of his behaviours but now, her best friend and confidante has found a lover which makes Miss Tatou jealous and she decides she needs to make some changes in peoples lives.Watch it and see especially Miss Tatous performance, its immaculate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaving a loveless marriage. 1 Nov 2013
By Michael
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
In "The Da Vinci Code" Ms Tautou's considerable talents were wasted, she was merely an adjunct to Tom Hanks. However, in Therese Desqueyroux she is magnificent as a wife trapped in a loveless arranged marriage. From the beginning of the film it is clear where she will end up. In many ways Therese Desqueyroux deals, in a less melodramatic way,with the same issues as Kristen Scott Thomas in "Leaving"(Partir). This should be an unmissable film on your 'want to see' list. Don't let the eponymous lead's tricky name put you off
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Trapped 30 Jun 2013
By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER
I suspect that those who have read Mauriac's novel on which this is based will be disappointed by a film which tells us that Thérèse is troubled by strange thoughts which she hopes marriage will dispel, but gives no indication, until the end, as to what they might be.

To appreciate the story fully, one has to understand the culture of the Landes region around Bordeaux in the early C20, in which prosperous families were preoccupied with their acres of pine forest, contracting marriage with each other to consolidate their wealth and at all costs maintaining their respectability and status.

Thérèse sleepwalks into a stultifying relationship with the forceful and macho Bernard. When his sister, supposedly her best friend, falls in love with an "unsuitable" young man, is Thérèse's failure to support her the result of pressure to be a dutiful wife, or due to less forgivable envy?

Although she is clearly caught in an uneviable position, it is hard to empathise with the chain-smoking, uncommunicative, hard to read, Thérèse. I believe that Mauriac writes a good deal about the "masks" that people assume, but Thérèse is mostly so unemotional on the surface as to seem wooden, inhuman at times. I came to the conclusion that Audrey Tautou, although a beautiful and talented actress, is miscast here. The part needs to be played by a younger actress who comes across more convincingly as inexperienced and malleable, yet unpredictable.

As the plot darkens, some of the details are annoyingly unclear, but the story is unusual in taking an unexpected direction as it moves to a rather inconclusive ending. Beautifully shot and well-acted, it left me feeling unsatisfied, and I don't know whether to blame Mauriac or the director.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as the book 9 Mar 2014
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
This Claude Miller adaptation of Mauriac's novel is not very successful. There is already a very good film of it from 1962 with Emmanuelle Riva, who got the character rather better than Audrey Tautou. Tautou suggests something infantile, even a bit moronic, in her portrayal, which strikes me as wrong. She needs to be much brighter than Bernard, with a rather perverse streak. Her duplicity and meanness towards Anne in love with Jean is quite clear in the novel, but softened here presumably to try to make her more likeable. But the biggest failing is in the high-gloss images, which fail to capture the bleak poetry of the book, or root the story enough in the pine landscape of the Landes, just south of Bordeaux. Mauriac writes in the most incredible, expressive French, so that the potency of the sentences becomes the thing itself. He takes you right inside Thérèse's thoughts, then out again, in a dizzying narrative that uses flashback to tell half the story to bring us up to the present tense of the opening chapter.

This first half of the book is a bit by bit reconstruction of the character's youth and the events leading up to the poisoning, all mixed up with scraps of the court case as if written on torn-up pieces of paper carried on the wind ... The provincial setting is banal in terms of the people who inhabit it, but Mauriac has big spiritual ambitions for his heroine and the possibility of mercy for her. Claude Miller throws this overboard for a rather watered-down poisoning that you might almost miss, it is over so fast. However the sight of Bernard vomiting makes it clear why this had to be kept brief. Therese's emprisonment is shown with none of the extremity of the book, where she practically smokes herself to death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film. 24 Nov 2013
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Brilliant film. Well worth watching. So many characters evoke sympathy, since no one seems truly happy with their life. Very evocative of the period.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! 22 Mar 2014
By Amber
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Such a brilliant film, could not recommend it more! Having studied the novel in class it was an absolute pleasure to see it come alive on the screen. Audrey Tautou was amazing as per usual, and every actor really brought their character to life! A really moving film which you cannot not watch!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided
I love Audrey Tautou and will pretty much watch anything with her in it. I bought this and settle down to watch - it was not hard to follow but there was an almost unbelievable... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars A slower paced twentieth century Madame Bovary
Beautifully shot in Les Landes, and well acted, this initially compelling film about Therese's marriage to a man for whom she apparently cares little is a narrative which carries... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mike K
3.0 out of 5 stars Well put together, but why?
This was a gift and the recipient was really into it. Its a difficult genre, so it is hard to understand
Published 3 months ago by miles kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Tatou
I will buy anything that Audrey Tatou stars in. This unusual story
was interesting, though less gripping than other films of hers.
Published 3 months ago by Jean A. Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars 2012 remake of the 1962 movie
"Thérèse Desqueyroux" (2012 release from France; 110 min.) is an adoptation of the famous novel written by François Mauriac in the 1920. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Allaer
1.0 out of 5 stars Franju
When is someone going to give us a dvd of Georges Franju's film, with Emmanuelle Riva, of Mauriac's novel? Read more
Published 7 months ago by A. Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Audrey Tatou is miscast
There's a great quote in the film 'Hitchcock' where the Director is discussing the initial cut of 'Psycho': "It just sits there refusing to come to life. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JOHN GREEN
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