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  • Summary: This adaptation of François Mauriac's 1927 novel tells the story of an unhappily married woman struggling to break free from social norms.


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  1. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Aug 22, 2013
    Audrey Tautou trades in Amelie’s wide-eyed sprite look for le sourpuss in this sober yet fascinating take on aristocratic social mores between the wars.
  2. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Aug 29, 2013
    While there's a certain staid feeling to the production, it does deliver a solid working-over to the era's gentry.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 19, 2013
    The movie looks great, with soft-focus shots of perfectly tailored outfits masking the ugliness within.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Aug 22, 2013
    Mauriac’s portrait of a society obsessed with family honor and the appearance of propriety at all costs comes through strongly, but that can’t entirely compensate for a character study with a hard-working vacuum at its center. Like Keanu Reeves, Tautou requires a perfect fit; when she tries to stretch, she gets stranded.
  5. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Aug 23, 2013
    Thérèse never goes beyond that level of psychological complexity because after a point, Miller and Carter aren't interested in exploring the murky depths of Thérèse 's feelings.
  6. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Aug 22, 2013
    Even given the character's extreme introspection and withdrawal, Tautou's performance is too often opaque.
  7. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Aug 22, 2013
    Mr. Miller’s stolid approach — with its waxwork figures, postcard beauty, insistent tastefulness and glaze of politesse — feels far too comfortably of this world to mount a critique of it.

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  1. Aug 24, 2013
    Gorgeous direction, every shot beautiful. Perfect, subtle acting. The New York Times reviewer said Tautou "one note" but whit her veryGorgeous direction, every shot beautiful. Perfect, subtle acting. The New York Times reviewer said Tautou "one note" but whit her very handsome and expressive costar, it was ensemble cast. Even the servants seemed perfect recreations of the historical period. The plot was interesting and clever. I can't believe I never heard of it as much as Madame Bovary. Expand