‘Remarkable’ Screen International
François Mauriac’s legendary 1927 novel of French provincial life has been gloriously brought to the screen by the inestimable Claude Miller, who passed away shortly after completing the film. Sumptously photographed to capture the full beauty of the pine-forested Landes area in southwest France, Thérèse Desqueyroux is a beautifully conceived costume melodrama of exquisite taste. Miller has done a superb job detailing the ins and outs of Thérèse’s marriage to a landowning neighbour, who is more interested in his dogs and the hunt than in attending to the wishes and needs of his young bride. Marvellously played by the luminous Audrey Tautou, Thérèse is a heroine hewn from the same stock as Madame Bovary or Anna Karenina, suffocated by her provincial marriage.