Therese

  • 1962
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Georges Franju's incredibly faithful adaptation of Francois Mauriac's novel about a woman, Riva, who feels trapped in her marriage to the pompous, French upper-class Noiret. In order to escape from her country chateau life, Riva poisons Noiret with arsenic, but the dosage isn't lethal. Instead of jail, Riva is allowed to return home when Noiret refuses...read more

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Georges Franju's incredibly faithful adaptation of Francois Mauriac's novel about a woman, Riva, who feels trapped in her marriage to the pompous, French upper-class Noiret. In order to escape from her country chateau life, Riva poisons Noiret with arsenic, but the dosage isn't lethal.

Instead of jail, Riva is allowed to return home when Noiret refuses to file charges against her. Noiret devises his own prison for Riva and locks her in a room, allowing her only cigarettes and wine to sustain life. She rapidly deteriorates, and when his friends are shocked at her appearance

during a social gathering, he allows Riva to leave for Paris. Riva is finally free, leaving behind Noiret, who still cannot understand why she tried to kill him. Riva, who was so compelling in HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR (1959), again turns in a compelling performance for which she received a Best Actress

award at the Venice Film Fest. Special credit must also go to the direction of Franju for capturing the spirit of the novel, to the adaptation by Mauriac and his son Claude, and to the refined piano score of Maurice Jarre. THERESE so impressed the Cannes Festival jury that it was cited "for the

successful arrangement of special effects, color, and sound in a discerning montage." (In French; English subtitles.)

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