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Cannes Review: 'Therese Desqueyroux' Starring Audrey Tautou Is A Banal Version Of 'Masterpiece Theater'

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • May 26, 2012 3:45 PM
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"Therese Desqueyroux," the closing night selection for this year's main competition lineup at the Cannes Film Festival, is not the nuanced period drama it should be but rather a banal, pseudo-thoughtful and monotonous episode of "Masterpiece Theater." Co-adapted by director Claude Miller ("A Secret," "Class Trip"), the latest adaptation of Francois Mauriac's acclaimed novel reduces the titular heroine's story to a troubled individual's struggle to remain autonomous as a member of her oppressive husband’s family. The phrase, "For the family" is bludgeoned into viewers' heads to the point where it's very easy to ignore the fact that Therese (Audrey Tautou) is more than just a proto-desperate housewife. In fact, she's a fatalist because she's also an atheist, a complex concept that Miller sets up but doesn't follow through on.

French Actor Gilles Lellouche Joins 'Sherlock Holmes 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 26, 2010 3:02 AM
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Yes, "Sherlock Holmes 2" is still shooting and apparently, still casting too. Speaking recently on the Canal+ program "Le Grand Journal" (via Cinema Teaser) French actor Gilles Lellouche revealed he had been cast in the Guy Ritchie film which is gearing up to shoot in Paris and Strasbourg.

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