|THERESE (director/writer: Alain Cavalier; screenwriter: Camille de Casabianca/based on the memoir of St. Therese; cinematographer: Philippe Rousselot; editor: Isabelle Dedieu; music: ; cast: Catherine Mouchet (St. Therese of Lisieux), Aurore Prieto (Celine), Sylvie Habault (Pauline), Ghislaine Mona (Marie), Helene Alexandridis (Lucie), Clemence Massart (The prioress), Nathalie Bernart (Aimee), Beatrice de Vigan (The singer), Noele Chantre (The old woman), Anne Bernelat (The cripple), Sylvaine Massart (The nurse), M. C. Brown-Sarda (The gatekeeper), M. L. Eberschweiler (The painter), Josette Lefevre and Gilberte Laurain (The Nuns); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Maurice Bernart; Circle Films; 1986-France-in French with English subtitles)|
it amazing that Cavalier's
uncinematic film turned out so well."
by Dennis Schwartz
Cavalier ("Lives"/"Fire and
Ice"/"Irene") directs and co-writes with Camille de Casabianca the stark biopic on
Therese Martin (Catherine
Mouchet, stage actress) canonized
as a saint and popularly known as "the Little Flower
of Jesus." The sobering religious film
in an arty way tells us how the nun's meditation
exercises increased her spirituality.
Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) kept a diary from the
time she was a youngster, as we learn about her mostly
through the diary that was turned into a memoir. We
learn how the future Carmelite nun adored Jesus
at a young age and was determined to serve him
throughout her life. She enters the Carmelite order at
the age of 15 and joins her two other sisters.
series of vignettes, we observe how she adapts herself
to the rigors of everyday convent life, her
relationship with the eccentric mother
superior and the other sisters.
its wonderful austere style it translates the life
of simplicity and purity its subject led, who in
1924 was canonized. The saint died at 24 from TB.
The pic eschews any preaching.
found it amazing that Cavalier's
uncinematic film turned out so well.
REVIEWED ON 11/3/2015 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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