The film is an adaptation of François Mauriac’s legendary, 1927 novel, and is French Director Claude Miller’s last film.
As a literary figure, Thérèse, played by Tautou, has been compared to Madame Bovary and Anna Karenin. They represent heroic feminism at a time when women were still subjugated by their husbands.
Her marriage to arrogant husband, Bernard Desqueyrou, played by Gilles Lellouche, was one of convenience. His disinterest in her drives her to desperation.
She learns about the power of passionate love when Bernard’s sister, Anne, played by Anaïs Demoustier, falls for a young Portuguese adventurer.
Anne will go to any length to keep her lover, despite pressure from Bernard and the powerful family and Thérèse is inspired to make her own break from her husband.
The film includes luscious visuals. It was shot in the lush countryside of Southern France. Tautou scored her breakthrough role in 2001’s romantic comedy, “Amelie.” She delivers a similar performance here, commanding the hurt, pain, love and sorrow of her character, according to the producer.
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