*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?