Thérèse Desqueyroux

*blows out cheeks and sighs heavily*.

Dearie me, what a right bucket of sunshine this turned out to be.

Despite having heard of the novel (my A level French syllabus contained François Mauriac’s Le Nœud de Vipères but not this title), I have not read the book so am making no comparisons.

The film, however, is difficult to enjoy at all. It’s almost impossible to invest any feeling in a bunch of characters who display little emotion themselves (in the case of Thérèse) or are generally unpleasant with no redeeming features. Having a central character whose mind we never really enter and who is not likeable makes for tedious viewing.

Maybe you could enlighten me as to whether the book conveys things in a more interesting manner?

Hugely disappointing.

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