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Violette Leduc (novel)
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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 The Ultimate Degenerate (1969)See more »


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32 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Not for Howard Stern fans, 5 May 2005
Author: lazarillo from Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile

It's kind of interesting reading some of the negative raps on this movie. Yes, it is in black and white--so is "Citizen Kane" and any number of other classic movies. The girls are a little long in the tooth to be schoolgirls and the nude scenes are pretty tame (but there certainly are some in the unedited version). However, considering that hot lesbian action between actual schoolgirls is a no-no even today in most countries, it's not surprising they didn't try to pull it off in 1968. Besides, it was necessary that at least one of the actresses be older as she had to play the same character as both a schoolgirl and a middle-aged woman.

I'm sure this movie is not exactly like the book (few movies are), but I was impressed at how it managed to combine memorable passages from the book with discreet and tasteful visuals to create some truly startling scenes. (And this is no mean feat--witness Adrian Lyne's ham-handed attempts at this in his recent adaptation of the literary classic "Lolita").This movie also deals with a lot of themes that were pretty taboo at the time--pre-marital sex, lesbianism, female masturbation--in a tasteful, non-exploitative way, which many people probably won't appreciate today living in the age of Howard Stern. This movie certainly inspired a lot of later movies-- "Don't Deliver Us from Evil", "Heavenly Creatures", and the more recent "Lost and Delirious". It's less melodramatic than any of these--nobody commits suicide or is brutally murdered-- but then again most real-life adolescent lesbian relationships don't end in murder or suicide. If you're a Howard Stern fan you probably will be bored with this, but if you don't object to subtle, classy European art films this is pretty alright.

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