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A scene from Thérèse Larroque.

2.5 out of 4 stars

Title
Thérèse Desqueyroux
Directed by
Claude Miller
Starring
Audrey Tautou
Country
France
Language
French

Claude Miller died in April. This, a new adaptation of the French literary classic Thérèse Desqueyroux, is his last film. A de-prettied Audrey Tautou plays the titular role, made famous by Emmanuelle Riva in Georges Franju's 1962 version. Forty years on, the story lives as happier-ending analogue to Anna Karenina, or perhaps Madame Bovary. Of course, it is also set more recently, in 1920s rural France. Well-paced, evenly acted and faithful to its time, Therese has few flaws. But that may be simply because it takes no risks.

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