Thérèse Desqueyroux (1962 film)

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Thérèse Desqueyroux
French film poster
Directed by Georges Franju
Produced by Eugène Lépicier
Written by François Mauriac (novel /script)
Claude Mauriac
Georges Franju
Starring Emmanuelle Riva
Philippe Noiret
Music by Maurice Jarre
Cinematography Raymond Heil
Christian Matras
Edited by Gilbert Natot
Distributed by 20th Century Fox (Fr.)
Release date
Running time
109 minutes

Thérèse Desqueyroux is a 1962 French film directed by Georges Franju, based on the novel of the same name by François Mauriac. Written by Franju and François Mauriac and Claude Mauriac, it stars Emmanuelle Riva and Philippe Noiret. Riva won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, the Étoile de Cristal award for Best Actress, and the Silver Goddess Award from the Mexican Cinema Journalists for her performance.



Thérèse is living in a provincial town, unhappily married to Bernard, a dull, pompous man whose only interest is preserving his family name and property. They live in an isolated country mansion surrounded by servants. Early in her marriage, her only comforts are her fondness for Bernard's pine-tree forest, which was her primary reason for marrying him, and her love for her sister-in-law and Bernard's half-sister, Anne. On Thérèse's honeymoon, she slipped away from Bernard's bed to throw away a letter from Anne in which Anne expressed her love for Jean, a Jewish student. Later, when Jean leaves Anne, Thérèse feels a sense of satisfaction and relief. However, Anne soon leaves. Desperately lonely and trapped, Thérèse accidentally learns that an increase in Bernard's medication makes him ill. While Anne nurses Thérèse's unwanted baby, Thérèse begins to experiment, taking advantage of his hypochondria and forgetfulness. Eventually she tries to poison him with arsenic, but the dose isn't fatal. Thérèse's forged prescriptions are then discovered. Thérèse is arrested, but Bernard refuses to press charges. She is acquitted when Bernard perjures himself for her at the trial and her politically influential father bribes a court official. On the way back to the country estate, she tries to think of an explanation to offer to Bernard. Unable to give Bernard a proper explanation, she allows Bernard to place her in a prison of his own devising. He locks her in a bedroom and allows her only cigarettes and wine, as she slowly wastes away. Much later, he frees her for a party at which the family gathers to meet Anne's new husband, and their friends are shocked at her sickly appearance and deterioration. Bernard then moves her to Paris. Still hoping to learn the motives for her crime, he listens to further explanations, but he cannot understand. The movie recounts in flashback the circumstances that led to her being charged with poisoning her husband.


The film was shot at Studios Franstudio in Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. The exterior part of the film was shot at Gironde, France.



Ma Periode Française
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedFebruary, 2005
Genre Film music
Label Play Time

Long after the film's original release, in February 2005, the French soundtrack record label Play Time released the soundtrack on Compact Disc along with other soundtracks performed by Jarre. This also includes soundtracks from other Franju films, including Head Against the Wall and Eyes Without a Face . [1]

Track listing

All music is composed by Maurice Jarre [1] .

1."Générique / Surprise-partie"La Tête contre les Murs4:30
2."Thème de Stéphanie"La Tête contre les Murs4:30
3."Enterrement à l’asile"La Tête contre les Murs2:44
4."Générique"Eyes Without a Face2:05
5."Thème romantique"Eyes Without a Face2:50
6."Filature"Eyes Without a Face1:23
7."Des phares dans la nuit"Eyes Without a Face3:32
8."Valse poursuite"Eyes Without a Face1:45
9."Final"Eyes Without a Face1:01
10."Générique"Thérèse Desqueyroux1:54
11."Non-lieu"Thérèse Desqueyroux1:35
12."Thérèse Desqueyroux"Thérèse Desqueyroux2:50
13."La femme idéale"Les Dragueurs2:36
14."La ballade des dragueurs"Les Dragueurs2:47
15."Surboum chez Ghislaine"Les Dragueurs2:01
16."L'oiseau de paradis"L'Oiseau de Paradis2:48
17."L'univers d'Utrillo"Un court-métrage de Georges Régnier 4:44
18."Générique"Le Soleil dans l’œil2:28
19."Thème"Mort, où est ta Victoire ?3:30
20."Valse de Platonov"Recours en Grâce3:50
21."Les animaux (générique)"Les Animaux1:20
22."Pavane des flamands roses"Les Animaux2:43
23."La fête"Les Animaux2:18
24."Surf des loutres"Les Animaux1:59
25."Mourir à Madrid"Mourir à Madrid4:21
26."Générique"Week-End à Zuydcoote2:28
27."Sergent Maillat"Week-End à Zuydcoote3:10
28."Final"Week-End à Zuydcoote1:29

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