DVD & Blu-ray review: Therese Desqueyroux (12)

Claude Miller DVD/Blu-ray (110mins)

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The Independent Culture

“My head's too full of ideas, that's what scares me,” sighs Audrey Tautou's enigmatic free-spirit, Therese, who is on the brink of marrying a pompous landowner, Bernard (Gilles Lellouche), in pre-war France. When Therese's best pal and Bernard's sister, Anna (Anaïs Demoustie), has a scandalous affair with a dashing young Jewish man, the title's “heroine” fails to adequately support her. Claude Miller's last film (the veteran director died in 2011) is a solemn but pretty look at propriety, “terrible duty” and frustration in the 1920s.