Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012 film)

Thérèse Desqueyroux
Directed by Claude Miller
Produced by Yves Marmion
Written by François Mauriac
Cinematography Gérard de Battista
France 3 Cinéma
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Release dates
  • 27 May 2012 (2012-05-27) (Cannes)
  • 21 November 2012 (2012-11-21) (France)
Running time
110 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $11.4 million
Box office $3.7 million[1]

Thérèse Desqueyroux is a 2012 French drama film directed by Claude Miller. It is an adaptation of the François Mauriac novel of the same name, first published in 1927. The last work of Claude Miller, who died in April 2012, this film closed the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened out of competition.[2][3][4]


In the south-west of France, in the late 1920s, Thérèse Laroque agrees to a marriage of convenience between wealthy families by marrying Bernard Desqueyroux, a bourgeois landowner. They then settle on his family's property, located in a vast area stretching over acres of pine forests. Bernard is a local man with a passion for hunting and defending with conviction the family traditions. However, Thérèse is quickly stifled by the monotony of her married life. She gives birth to a daughter (Marie), but her boredom seems to grow every day; she is looking "somewhere else". Bernard suffers from an unspecified condition for which he is prescribed arsenic. Thérèse takes the opportunity to attempt to poison her husband, but in forging a prescription, she is discovered. In addition to being dishonored by her own family, she is disowned by her husband's. She faces justice for the alleged murder attempt until her husband and in-laws, who intend to keep up appearances within their provincial society, make up their own version of what happened. The case is dismissed and Therese is confined to the house. Eventually she is allowed to leave and live in Paris on the understanding that she will only return for weddings and funerals.

The premiere in Cannes 2012 Film Festival.



  1. "Thérèse Desqueyroux (2012)". JP' Box-Office. Retrieved 21 November 2012.
  2. "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-22.
  3. Shoard, Catherine (19 April 2012). "Cannes 2012: Haneke v Audiard, but no shows from Malick or PT Anderson". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  4. "Claude Miller's last film to close the Festival de Cannes". 18 April 2012.

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