Thérèse Desqueyroux


Audrey Tautou excels in an occasionally dull period piece

Audrey Tautou puts more distance between herself and Amélie Poulain in this stately period piece about a bored spouse in ’20s France who plots to poison her dullard of a husband (Gilles Lellouche).
Adapted from Francois Mauriac’s 1927 novel, this is the final film by French director Claude Miller (A Secret, La Classe De Neige).
Alas, there are stretches where it succeeds only too well in evoking the suffocating tedium of its heroine’s joyless existence.
What lifts it out of the doldrums, though, is Tautou’s classy performance, rendering Thérèse’s enigmatic behaviour a riddle you want to solve rather than cast aside.

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