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Therese and Isabelle (1968)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 1969 (France)
Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school...

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Essy Persson ...
Thérèse
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Isabelle (as Anna Gael)
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Thérèse's mother
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Mademoiselle Le Blanc
Simone Paris ...
The Madame
Maurice Teynac ...
Monsieur Martin
Rémy Longa ...
Pierre
Nathalie Nort ...
Renée
Darcy Pulliam ...
Agnès
Suzanne Marchellier ...
Mademoiselle Germain
Bernadette Stern ...
Françoise
Sege Geeraert
Martine Leclerc ...
Martine
Édith Ploquin
Alexandra Kabes
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A older woman visits the boarding school of her youth after a 20 year absense. While strolling about the deserted grounds and classrooms she remembers her highly emotional experiences there, and well-executed flashbacks occur to her youth. At 17 she is abandoned by her loving mother because of remarriage and left at a European boarding school, disenchanted and lonely. Immediately she meets Isabell, an older, confident, rebellious girl. The two develop a friendship quickly without much conversation or bonding, but have the always temporary chemistry necessary for their friendship to progress into a sexual relationship. The sex scenes are slow and sensual -as they should be for two young girls experiencing lesbianism for the first time. Despite their undying love confessions to each other, Theresa wakes up one morning to find Isabell has left the school, her room and desk replaced with another student. She never see's Isabell again. Written by Anonymous

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Star Essy Persson appeared live at New York's Trans-Lux 85th St. theater on the film's opening night. See more »

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[last lines]
Therese: I never saw Isabelle again.
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »

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Good Lesbian-themed cinema
6 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very good movie. Good example of a European film of it's time. Black and White? Yes, and for the dolts that can't seem to get through a movie without color, go back to cartoons.

Yes, the actresses do seem a bit long in the tooth, but the story is well paced, the cinematography very good, and all in all a pleasant movie.

If you're a lesbian, you'll appreciate this movie. If you're a straight man looking for a hot movie... go elsewhere and look for some porn; this ain't it.

If you're a movie lover and looking for a good representation of cinema with a lesbian theme, this is a good example. It's also a good example of European cinema in the late 60's even though the moviemaker is an American.


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