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Therese and Isabelle -- Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school...


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Violette Leduc (novel)
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Release Date:
10 October 1968 (Japan) See more »
The strangest love story ever told. See more »
Two young girls experience awakening sexuality in the heated atmosphere of a Swiss girls' boarding school... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Essy Persson ... Thérèse

Anna Gaël ... Isabelle (as Anna Gael)

Barbara Laage ... Thérèse's mother

Anne Vernon ... 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
Brigitte Morisan ... Brigitte

Directed by
Radley Metzger 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Violette Leduc  novel 'La Batarde'
Jesse Vogel  writer

Produced by
Radley Metzger .... producer
Kurt Ulrich .... producer
Original Music by
Georges Auric 
Cinematography by
Hans Jura 
Film Editing by
Humphrey Wood 
Production Design by
Olivier Girard 
Costume Design by
Roxane Vaisborg 
Makeup Department
Marie-Madeleine Paris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Guy Lacourt .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Osman Ragheb .... first assistant director
Pierre Roubaud .... second assistant director
Art Department
André Boumedil .... property master
Camera and Electrical Department
Adi Gürtner .... camera operator (as Addie Guertner)
Other crew
Françoise Hellmann .... script girl
Alice Ziller .... script girl

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Also Known As:
"Thérèse et Isabelle" - France (imdb display title)
"Therese und Isabell" - West Germany
"Тереза и Изабель" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Teresa e Isabel" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Teresa y Isabel" - Spain (imdb display title)
"Tereza kai Isavella" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Thérèse en Isabelle" - Belgium (Flemish title) (imdb display title)
"Thérèse et Isabelle" - Belgium (French title) (imdb display title)
"Therese og Isabelle" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"To imerologio mias lesvias" - Greece (reissue title)
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118 min
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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 »
[last lines]
Therese:I never saw Isabelle again.
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Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Totally Worth It...Even If You Aren't a Lesbian, 29 October 2009
Author: alarmanwp from United States

I must admit, when I read the description of the genre on Netflix as "Steamy Romance" I was a little bit skeptical. "Steamy"? In a movie from 1968?? I was prepared for disappointment. And when I realized it was shot entirely in black & white, I knew my erotic hopes were dashed.

Boy, was I wrong! Not only does this film have all of the elements of a steamy romance -- the discovery of first love, fear of the secret being found out, a sudden unexpected end -- but at times this movie was downright erotic. You will soon forget that it is shot in black & white. The cinematography deserves every accolade it has received over the years. And the performances from the two stars (Essy Persson and Anna Gael) are intense and memorable. OK, so they're both in their mid twenties trying to play school girls. It's 1968. Do you really expect teenagers from the '60s to be able to effectively explore a lesbian love story like this? Many adult women were still trying to come to grips with their sexuality back then. Anyone looking for real teens here is expecting too much.

I think this movie was way ahead of its time. The level of eroticism was an unexpected pleasure; yet it still managed to leave a lot to the imagination, opting instead to give us poetic descriptions to add to what we were shown.

I have no doubt lesbians will identify with the characters here. As for you straight guys who love watching lesbians in action: Although it won't be all you expect, I don't think you'll be too, too disappointed.

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