Therese and Isabelle


1h 58m 1968

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Therese und Isabell
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 May 1968
Production Company
Amsterdam Film Corp.; Berolina Films
Distribution Company
Audubon Films, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Abbey of Royaumont, France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Thérèse et Isabelle by Violette Leduc (Paris, 1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Therese, a Frenchwoman in her mid-thirties, returns to a girls' boarding school she attended years before. As she walks among the empty buildings, closed for the summer vaction, she recalls the events that took place there so long ago: While a young girl, she is sent to the school following her mother's remarriage to a businessman who is uninterested in children. Although her first days are lonely ones, Therese eventually finds solace in the company of Isabelle, a schoolmate as unhappy as herself. Despite the fact that neither girl seems to evince the usual interest in boys, they do occasionally date. One weekend, when Isabelle is visiting her parents, Therese goes out with a local boy, Pierre, and succumbs to his passionate and somewhat brutal lovemaking. This unpleasant experience only increases Therese's need for Isabelle, who has returned from her parents' home in a similar state of anxiety. In time the mutual dependence of the two girls leads to love, both emotional and physical. En route to visit a doctor in Paris, they rent a room in a hotel patronized by prostitutes, but Therese is repulsed by the sordid atmosphere and the noises coming from neighboring rooms, and they leave without fulfilling their purpose. That night they make love on the school grounds, but their affair ends abruptly the following morning when Isabelle's mother suddenly and inexplicably removes her daughter from the school . Therese remains haunted by the memory of the lover she has never seen again, and she turns from the old school and walks slowly back to the car where her fiancé is waiting.

Film Details

Also Known As
Therese und Isabell
MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 May 1968
Production Company
Amsterdam Film Corp.; Berolina Films
Distribution Company
Audubon Films, Inc.
Country
United States
Location
Abbey of Royaumont, France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Thérèse et Isabelle by Violette Leduc (Paris, 1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 58m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Filmed in France in 1968 at the Abbey of Royaumont. German release title: Therese und Isabell. Released in the U. S. in subtitled French language version.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in France 1968

Released in United States May 14, 1968

Released in United States November 11, 1997

Released in United States on Video November 11, 1997

Released in United States Spring May 14, 1968

Shown at Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival July 11-20, 1991.

Shown at New York International Festival of Lesbian and Gay Film June 17, 1989.

Shown at New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival June 5-15, 1997.

Shown at OUTFEST '98: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival July 9-20, 1998.

35mm

b&w

dialogue French

9990 feet

subtitled

rtg BBFC X

Ultrascope

Released in France 1968

Released in United States May 14, 1968 (New York City)

Released in United States Spring May 14, 1968

Released in United States November 11, 1997

Released in United States on Video November 11, 1997