Item description for Therese: The Story of Saint Therese of Lisieux by Leonardo Defilippis, Various & Lindsay Younce...
Overview Heralded as one of the most inspiring films in recent years, Therese recounts the life of Therese of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times. A bourgeois girl from a Victorian French family, Therese journeyed to Rome to beg Pope Leo XIII for permission to enter the Carmelite monastery at the unheard-of age of 15. Through the rigors of monastic life, she made the surprising yet simple discovery that holiness can be achieved by small acts of love and compassion-a spiritual path she called her "Little Way." This film is a beautiful retreat into the world of a remarkable young girl who fell in love with God. A drama of tragedy and triumph, Therese presents the true story of an ordinary girl with an extraordinary soul.
Community Description At the age of 14, when most girls are experiencing their first brush with young love, Therese (Lindsay Younce) falls head over heels -- for God. Sidestepping incredible odds to become a Carmelite nun, she enters the cloistered world of the sisterhood and transforms the Catholic Church forever. Leonardo Defilippis co-stars in and directs this inspired period drama, based on the actual writings of Saint Therese of Lisieux.
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Actors: Lindsay Younce
Format: Widescreen, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
Subtitles: French, Spanish
Region Code: 1 (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Running Time: 96.00 minutes
Record Label Xenon
Format Widescreen / Color / Dolby / Subtitled
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.48" Width: 5.58" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Feb 12, 2013
Publisher CHORDANT ACNT# 3707
ISBN 0012417564 ISBN13 0000799434628 UPC 000799434628
Availability 0 units.
More About Leonardo Defilippis, Various & Lindsay Younce
I have always loved St. Theresa, the Little Flower. Like the other reviewer, I looked forward to seeing this movie. I am a Traditional Catholic and thought that finally here was a great movie that would portray her life in a realistic and sacred manner.
I was so shocked as scene after disappointing scene unfolded. The music was beautiful but became monotonous after a while, as it never changed ambiance. The costumes deserve great credit but the acting in most part, especially the scenes inside the monastery, were clumsy and childishly scripted. The acting was stilted and forced. It seems that no attempt was made to really understand Carmelite comportment and behaviour. The scenes of scorn from the nuns, the ungainly gestures and the ludicrous 'dance' into the refectory were totally uncharacteristic of instinctive religious behaviour. The nuns also appeared to 'stride' around, as can be seen in the garden scene. There is not one single scene of St. Thesea attending Mass, or any beautiful shots inside a church, or Cathedral, etc. These things are all very important.
An over exaggeration has been applied to the concept of French family affections. The eight year old ill Therese was played by a grown girl, which looked rediculous, especially with full length shots of her writhing around in her sick bed in a very unladylike manner!
Stay on the safe side and buy the older movies on St. Theresa!
Movie of a Soul Feb 27, 2007
`The'r'ese' embellishes well its subject matter. Beloved by many, the saint is framed in a film that captures beauty fitting for "The Little Flower". There are many heartwarming moments throughout to nourish the soul. Containing some elements of her autobiography, `A Story of a Soul,' but narrating less than the previous film from 1986, this `Therese' reinacts key scenes of her life more fully. Wisely, the treatment is only occasionally langorous, and is mostly well edited. To accommodate a modern audience, they seldom dwell on any one scene too long. The acting won't win prizes in the history of Catholic cinema, but with a few wooden moments, they wisely try not to over dramatize her story, even when exceptional developments come to ordinary lives. There are even some surprising special effects in places that work well, especially without a blockbuster budget. Nevertheless, with the drama accentuated by Sr. Marie Therese Sokol`s, OCD, beautiful score, they are playing for an old-fashioned movie appeal. Directed by Leonardo Defilippis, whose performance as her father, Martin, is the best in the show, and the screenplay written by his wife, Patti, 'The'r'ese is an admirable effort. The comraderie between the sisters is captured well enough, and progressively, the dramatic tension grows somewhat. There are some cutesy scenes as well that almost reminded me of films like `The Trouble with Angels,' but it is hard to imagine a film about The'r'ese that could do without it.
Overall, `The'r'ese' is a good film about a Catholic saint that should be considered for mainstream consumption. Whereas 1986's `The'r'ese' makes a good one-woman impersonation, like a stand-up narrative, this `The'r'ese' at least has the drama that was begging to be made.
I'm sorry to write this.... Jan 30, 2007
...because I feel I'm being, in some way, sacrilegious but this film was a very poor attempt to portray an extraordinary person, at least in my life. I am a Catholic and have been devout to the St. Therese of Lisieux for most of my adult life and I was really looking forward to this film. Like many of the other reviewers, I have also seen the French film of the same title and found it a far more rewarding experience than this new production. The movie plays out like a religious Anne of Green Gables, with a Hallmark film quality that manages to gloss over everything to the point of making every character come across as one-dimensional cut outs of piety and wholesomeness. Having read Story of a Soul, I know that Therese was not a faultless divine creation, but rather a very human woman with an extraordinary devotion to, love for and faith in God. Everyone is so saccharine sweet and perfect that it bordered on the sickening. It just wasn't believable. Even more so, using the same actress to portray Therese from the age of 14 to 26 was an insane idea (Lindsay Younce was 21 at the time of filming). Not only do we not witness her spiritual growth but there is no sense of the passing of time. The acting is a bit pedestrian and the dialogue an exercise in stilted screenwriting, the music hockey and contrived, but the production values are high and the movie has beautiful look to it. No doubt everyone's heart was in the right place but this is just not the kind of film that will really shed any light on Therese Martin, woman and Saint.
Nothing of substance Jan 19, 2007
I found this movie almost painful to sit through almost from the very beginning. The acting was amateurish and the dialog was stilted and unnatural. I have great love and respect for St. Therese of Lisieux because she was tender yet courageous, gentle yet determined, and most of all, holy in spite of intense personal trials. The movie revealed virtually none of this and made her appear superficial, almost to the point of silliness. I had really expected more depth and a more mature treatment of such a remarkable life.
Disappointing Jan 17, 2007
This was a very disappointing film. This film really de-values the message of Saint Therese. The power of her message,the Little Way, is that one can live a life sanctity even in the midst of an ordinary,difficult life. Unfortunately, some associate her spirituality with sentimentalism, a sort of sickly sweet false cheerfulness. Also, Saint Therese was rather stout, and the actress who plays her in this movie is tiny. I find that rather annoying, as if a Saint could not be plump(What about Thomas Aquinas?). Also, the set design,dialogue,and acting were somewhat amateurish. Don't get me wrong, I love Saint Therese, and have a great devotion to her. This movie just doesn't do her justice. There is potential for a great movie to be made about our Saint. I don't know if anyone would have the courage.