Directed by Alain Cavalier. Starring Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, Aurore Prieto. (1986, NR, 90 min.)
REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Mon., Nov. 25, 2002
Therese Martin was a middle-class French girl who became a Carmelite nun and died of tuberculosis in 1897 at the age of 24. The "Little Flower of Jesus" was canonized by the pope in 1925. Her diaries have inspired many other girls to join the order. An apparently simple movie, Thérèse insidiously examines the personal attachment this woman had to Jesus, developing from an almost schoolgirl crush into a full-fledged "bride of Christ" relationship.