The late Miller’s final film elegantly adapts François Mauriac’s modern classic of a woman’s growing resistance to her suffocating marriage, and showcases a remarkable Audrey Tautou as the disturbed titular heroine. Set in France during 1920, Thérèse marries her charming and free spirited neighbor Bernard Desqueyroux. They then join their properties forming a vast estate. Bernard has a forceful personality, but she is still fascinated by this young man and his opinions. However, she is quickly stifled by the tedium of provincial life and the intellectual mediocrity of her husband. She dreams of Paris, longing for stimulation and culture, and despite herself, starts looking for a way to escape. Until the day Bernard almost poisons himself with arsenic. What starts as an accident quickly turns into an attempt at poisoning. Thérèse is discovered and disgraced in her own family, as well as that of her husband.With Gilles Lelouche, Anaïs Demoustier, Catherine Arditi. MIAMI PREMIERE. Closing night film of the Cannes Film Festival.
Q+A live streamed with Audrey Tautou and producer Annie Miller following the film.
France, 2012, Digital Projection, 110minutes, Color, French with English Subtitles.