Therese: The Story of Saint Therese of Lisieux | Chicago Reader

Therese: The Story of Saint Therese of Lisieux

Not to be confused with Alain Cavalier's vastly superior 1986 film, this insipid biopic about Saint Therese of Lisieux has the spiritual and emotional depth of a Hallmark card. Director Leonardo Defilippis (who also plays Therese's father) follows “the Little Flower” from her early childhood in a pious family to her entry into a Carmelite convent as a teenager and her death from tuberculosis at age 24. There's nothing wrong with a religious biography pitched at the faithful, but even the most ardent Christian may chortle at the film's wooden dialogue, delivered in the declamatory style of a Sunday-school play. PG, 96 min.

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