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

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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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