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  • Actors: Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche, Anaïs Demoustier
  • Directors: Claude Miller
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sept. 2013
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CQO9YBO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,576 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael on 1 Nov. 2013
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Mar. 2014
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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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 May 2013
Format: DVD
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Jun. 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amber on 22 Mar. 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xenrin on 18 May 2014
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This beautifully shot film captures the slower paced and curious behaviour of the mid 1920's. AudreyTautou is plays the title character destined to marry a wealthy landowner, whose main concern is for the number of pines he will own. A marriage troubled from the start which gives rise to frustration and the feeling of a free spiit captured and restrained. Will Therese be allowed to yeald to the strange thoughts in her head or will she be just another Woman following the path chosen for her?
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