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Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (2004) watch online HD
  • Original title:Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Category:Movie / Biography / Drama
  • Released:2004
  • Director:Leonardo Defilippis
  • Actors:Lindsay Younce,Leonardo Defilippis,Patti Defillipis
  • Writer:Patti Defillipis,Saint Therese of Lisieux
  • Duration:1h 36min
  • Video type:Movie

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The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story of Saint Therese of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times.

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    • Author: Taur
    It's hard to be objective about this film. As cinema, it's "amateur night at the movies," but as a practicing Roman Catholic, it's easy to overlook the gaps, shortcomings and fumblings in light of its subject. Having said that, I found the film to be very strange; there are certainly two ways you can take it: one, you can be moved by the demonstrations of faith and piety which prompts a whole family of 4 middle class young women of country gentry stock to become religious. The message therefrom is one of overriding faith. The family is close knit, visits the nunnery regularly, dresses and eats well but their lives are centered around the church. The mother dies and one by one, the girls go into religious vocations. Therese, the youngest, goes into her vocation post-puberty. She keeps a diary and it is this which becomes the great testament of her faith after her death. As the other reviewer noted, the more faithful among us will find it moving. The other viewpoint sees a family in late 19th century France who live in comfortable circumstances and who practice their religion intensely. Their little crises with health and emotions are not really beyond those most of endure during our lives, and indeed, one can wonder what is all the fuss about. The miraculous event of Therese is the repentance of a murder in the shadow of the guillotine. This episode is realized vicariously as Therese never saw the man, nor he her. Her entry into the world of the cloister is met with hostility by some of her religious sisters who resent her comfortable background. Again, this is perfectly normal and not unexpected.

    Her death and suffering from TB is likewise undramatic and one can be left with the cynical impression that anyone can become a saint if you get sick and write about it. On the positive side, the film is pleasing to the eye, with set shots of the countryside and girls in wonderful 19th century dresses. The cloister shots are likewise idyllic and one wonders what the real world was like. The audience clapped loudly at the end and I had the impression there were few Protestants in the audience. No matter. If you want a simple film to bolster your faith in Holy Mother Church, this is it.
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    • Author: blodrayne
    I saw this movie 4 times when it played in Nashville, and I cried each time. The love of a father for his daughters, and the love of a future Saint for her Beloved is portrayed in an effective and moving film that captures the essence of the Catholic faith.

    Leonardo Defilippis is the director, principle writer, and male lead actor. He is both charming and inspiring in his role as the father of Therese.

    St. Therese is played by Lindsay Younce, who infuses her character with beauty, wit, and intensity. This is one actress to watch in the years to come.

    If you are a Catholic, you will be blessed and your heart will be touched by seeing Therese. And, even if you aren't a Catholic you can find much to love about this enchanting film and the life and faith of the widely-loved Saint who inspired it.
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    • Author: Conjulhala
    Watch this movie if you are already interested in the life of St. Therese of Lisieux and are curious to see a representation of it on film. There is no pretense of cinematic excellence here. The movie is not entertainment in the true sense. It's almost like a page of the famous compendium "Lives of the Saints" come to life on screen.

    Moreover, the story of St. Therese may already be a bit distant to 21st century viewers, though she is a modern saint. St. Therese represents turn of the 20th century piety and devotion that probably seems quite strange to many of us today. The story would probably be most strange to non-catholics, still a bit foreign to less pietistic catholics, but probably closer to home to catholics who practice devotions such as to the Sacred Heart or the Child Jesus.

    I had always associated St. Therese with a sort of saccharine sweet piety, but watching this film showed a different side and made me admire her deep humility, a virtue that is truly strange to us now.
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    • Author: Taulkree
    When I first started watching this movie I was a little disappointed at the extremely pious tone. I had read "Story of a Soul" years ago and loved the book but had not studied much about St. Therese in several years. The more I watched it, however, it really moved me in profound way so that at the end I was weeping uncontrollably. I showed it to my husband and children (daughters 6 and 9) and they loved it. I have now seen it several times and I see something new in each viewing. It is a movie that has a very very spiritual message, and if you're not in tune with spiritual messages at this stage in your life, you will not be touched. (A Catholic upbringing will certainly help the film resonate with the viewer.)If you are open to having a movie bring you closer to Jesus, this film will do it.
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    • Author: Steelrunner
    I went to this thinking it was going to be an epic in the lines of "Gandhi."

    Had I known it was going to be a home movie that looked like it was shot on a video camera, and acted by the Junior High School Drama Club, I probably would have passed. I realize this is an "independent" film, and the story of St. Therese is certainly one worth telling, but it could have been told a whole lot better than this. It was poorly acted, poorly written, poorly directed, and poorly produced. It was more like a made for TV special than a motion picture feature.

    This film has been done before, and with much higher quality. Anyone that wants to see this story told should check out the 1986 version of the same tale.
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    • Author: Raelin
    I saw this at a theater in Burlington, NJ, on Oct 3. Sadly, it is the only movie theater in the state where it is playing. The story concerns the life of a deeply religious French girl named Therese Martin, and her life from 1877 to 1897, focusing mostly on her from age 15 onwards, when she entered a convent and became a nun. It depicts a very human girl and the lives that she touched. They should make more films like this. Unfortunately, we haven't had a movie like this, that portrays Catholic clergy in a positive light in quite sometime. Hopefully there will be more to come after this. Rated PG- nothing offensive, although several characters die.
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    • Author: watchman
    I really wanted to like this movie. I wanted to see a faith-based film of quiet beauty, and despite negative reviews in all the major newspapers, I hoped the reviewers simply didn't understand the "simple way" of Saint Therese. However, after viewing the film, I have to sadly admit that the reviewers were correct. I am left wishing the story of "The Little Flower" had been told by more skilled artists than these. (Fortunately, there is a French film of Therese that was made in the 80s that far exceeds this telling of her life.)

    Although the music, locations, and costumes in "Therese" were beautiful, the rest of the artistic elements were horribly lacking. The acting was amateurish. The dialogue (script) was embarrassingly banal. Although historically accurate, the characters lacked a sense of humanity. They were wooden representations of real people.

    I'm sorry this film did not achieve the level of artistry that would encourage more people to learn about the life of this young Saint. (Hopefully her biography will make a reappearance on bookshelves.) I'm sorry that the money raised to make this film was not put in the hands of more able filmmakers, or donated to worthy charities.

    An apologetic thumbs down from me. Saint Therese will forgive you for missing this one. Especially if you donate your money for a movie ticket to those who need it most.
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    • Author: Aedem
    ... it's really difficult for me to recommend this movie in any way, shape or form. When you have to tell friends, "It really starts to pick up when she becomes a nun," that's not a good thing.

    The story

    I would like to start by saying that I went into the movie knowing absolutely nothing about the Saint Therese. I left knowing little more. As far as the story goes, it's definitely a small one. I believe that it boils down to a young girl believing very strongly in God and becoming a nun at 15. The movie didn't really show anything particularly interesting about Therese, let alone why she's a saint. It may have been alluded to in a few paragraphs prior to the closing credits, but she certainly didn't seem to do a great deal while alive.

    The production

    There's really not much to say here. I'm sure there was a great deal of sincere and heartfelt effort that went into this film, but the only passable acting came from supporting players with small rolls. The overall feel of the film, productionwise, was that of an afterschool special from the 80s. And I know it can't be just me, but couldn't they have condensed the first 45 minutes of the movie into about 5-10 minutes? The only pre-nunnery events in her life seem to be going to school one day, a mother dying, a few sisters leaving for nunneries, and an illness. And only the illness lasted longer than it took me to mention the previous three items. Really. Suddenly, they just started showing each sister leaving in the span of around 45 seconds. Unfortunately, since she didn't seem to do much in the way of notable acts during her time at the nunnery, there wasn't much to speak of that happened during the last stretch of the movie either.

    In summary, while I respect the effort to bring this story to the screen, there was nothing in the film that spoke to why the story was noteworthy, and the production was poor.
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    • Author: Jugore
    Movies "based" upon real life events are very frequently the most compelling. However, such dramas are not infrequently enhanced by the author to make the characters larger than they could have been in real life. It is seldom that a movie can capture the fullness of a true story without reliance on such dramatizations. This movie is richly and so accurately, the encapsulation of "The Story of A Soul", one of the most published and beloved autobiographies of all time. This story is the true and heart rendering account of a simple young Therese and her sisters, who abandoned incredible and luxurious wealth to live the sacrificial, cloistered—imprisoned—lives of Carmelite nuns in the late 19th Century. Through time, Saint Therese shares directly with her readers, and now with her viewers, the meaning of her incredible "little way", and what it has meant to millions of people for over a century. She is so highly regarded, that only 32 other saints in all of history have been named Doctor of The Church, a title shared by the likes of St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, St. Francis De Sales, St. Thomas Liguori, St. John of The Cross, St. Catherine of Sienna, and Teresa of Avila, from whom she took her own name. Written under strict obedience of her prioress, and wonderfully captured on film, her story will be treasured until the end of time. This is not simply a Catholic movie written about a Catholic saint. This is a fabulous story about a person who continues to do as she promised, and always will. "I will spend my Heaven doing good upon the earth"
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    • Author: Arcanefire
    It is tempting to criticize it. and real easy. because each viewer has his perspective about Therese Martin. and , at first sigh, Lindsay Younce is far to be the perfect choice for the lead role. but... . the film has few significant virtues. the first - the atmosphere of Martin family. and the flavour of French XIX century. and, sure, the life of convent. for a not believer, it could seems be too sweet and pink and conventional. for a Greek - Orthodox like me, correct translation on screen of the biography of one of the most loved saints of Romano-Catholic Church. in fact, it is a beautiful portrait. moving hommage. for many reasons. one of them - the performance of Leonardo Defilippis in the role of Louis Martin.
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    • Author: Kelezel
    I'm trying to be witty with my title, a double-entendre referring to an audience's "disbelief" in fantastical events, as well as "disbelief" of a person without faith who is trying to understand events through the eyes of the believers.

    On both counts I'm sorry to say "Thérèse" failed with me. As much as I wanted to, I could not slip into believing these characters were anything more than actors, and I could not slip into believing that there was any great truth about faith & spirituality to be conveyed here.

    This film is very smooth and polished, much like a Hallmark Channel movie of the week, where everything seems to be straight out of a Filmmaking 101 textbook. From 1985. Everything is so syrupy sweet that, unless you are already primed & into the moment before the film starts, you may find yourself anxiously looking around, wondering if this is some elaborate joke. I'm not kidding: if someone were to dub a laugh track, this would make a funny satire. The script is so corny, and everything is just too perfect to be believable as part of our real world.

    In no way do I mean this to be a crack at the filmmakers' talents. I'm just saying that this film exists in a bubble of its own. Its beauty is privy to those who live inside the bubble. In that respect, its a lot like a nostalgic old song which only you can appreciate because it has inherent meaning to you (a summer at the beach, a first kiss, etc). But to those outside your nostalgic bubble, the song is just silly... and it probably is.
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    • Author: Not-the-Same
    Thérèse is a difficult movie to review. It is too easy to be swept up into the content and be moved and ignore the major flaws of the movie as movie. Can a movie that is seriously flawed artistically be successful because of its content? I'd guess this one will be judged by its content --- and be highly rated. Too bad, because it is a pain to watch. First, there is the setting and music, which establishes the overall impression. Washed out beauty, uniform, and uninteresting would be my first and lasting impression. There is just no texture to the presentation. The music is like a stack of pancakes, covered with thick, cloying, sugary syrup --- without the pancakes. Second, the acting is adequate, but suffers from the same flat, uniformity of emotion and pace. One character, the murderer Pranzini, was allowed to rage. He steals the show. Third, the framing kept cutting off the tops of characters' heads. At first I thought this was a stylistic matter, and a poorly chosen one, but I came to doubt that when a scene showing Thérèse helping an old, infirm nun down a hallway actually showed us Thérèse from the nose down. I believe from that this is merely poor cinematography and poor editing.

    This leaves you with the content. Here, I found I was touched. My wife, who is rather knowledgeable about Saint Thérèse, assures me that the screenplay follows the autobiography closely. There is one "cheat" in the film. It makes it appear that Thérèse, after being turned down in her appeal to the bishop to be admitted to the convent at Carmel, proceeds to go to the Pope to ask permission. While her petitioning the Pope did happen, the trip which included visiting the Pope was actually part of a tour of Europe that her father took Thérèse on. This is a small liberty, but would seem to emphasize the spoiling of Thérèse even more than she truly was by her father.

    I suspect a lot of people will go see this movie and love it because of the content. They should also read the book.
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    • Author: Erienan
    Sorry to say if you were disappointed by this movie. There weren't any big action scenes, no big romance, no real villains other than a couple mean nuns. There was no big conflict other than her desperate quest to become a nun, and then her battle with TB. But the truth is, it was a simple movie without really much to it. It told the story of a girl, an ordinary girl as promised. St. Therese was a simple woman who lived a simple life. She didn't really do much. But the point she made and I believe this movie was trying to make is that what she did do, no matter how small, she did for God. Something we should all try to do because, after all, He is the only reason we can do anything.
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    • Author: Ferri - My name
    I am a fan of movies about faith, and will confide that faith and spirituality make great themes, although I prefer Roman Catholic subjects. Here is one par excellence, about The Little Flower, Saint Therese, the newest and youngest Doctor of the Church, acclaimed by the late Pope, Blessed John Paul II.

    I bought this on DVD at a store, influenced by the cover art which was both gorgeous and sophisticated, so, what a fake out to find the film itself so banal and insipid; it was just barely watchable, just endurable enough to determine if it would remain bad and boring through to the end. Yes, it was bad. Not as bad as "One Night with the King" (2006), about Queen Esther saving the Jews, but that was the worst movie of all time. Be warned, many devout people with good intentions vote on this site and run up the points for bad religious films. I know a score of "5" is fair warning, but both of these films got around "5.8" -- not even close to their just deserts, as the Esther film would only rival this Therese as an unintentional parody of a real movie, whereas Therese's panegyric is too boring even for that. Therese deserves a much better movie than this in English. There are two very good French films about her. You may have to wait a few years for one without subtitles, for those of you folks disinclined to read and watch films simultaneously. Btw, is that a sin? Well, maybe not, but making a mind rotting movie about a great saint ought to be!
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    • Author: Perilanim
    This movie had definite potential that really would not have been hard to fulfill, but yet it still fails. The acting was fully reprehensible. All of the actors/actresses looked almost exactly the same for every emotion. In addition to this, the delivery of their lines was off-kilter, almost robotic, although, admittedly, the fact that the dialog was stilted probably didn't help. The religious imagery was so trite and clichéd, such as the Jesus and Mary with the bright auras. This movie lacked subtlety and everything was exactly how it seemed; in other words, one never really had to think at all. This movie seemed like a "St. Terese For Dummies" manual and seemed preoccupied with everything going on around Terese instead of what was going on inside of her. In addition to this, I was not fond of the directing, and the shots to show passage of time were way too tired and over-used; here again, I point out the lack of subtlety. This movie was poor and I thought the original "St. Terese" was a lot better. This was too geared for a younger audience that really didn't like or understand it. 4/10
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    • Author: Vuzahn
    "Therese" is an amateurish film. Not just the acting or the dialogue, but also the make-up, hair, costumes and sets felt less like a theatrical film and more like a high school production by folks trying to present spiritual themes to an unsophisticated audience.

    There are many better films about religion out there. I strongly recommend "Into Great Silence," a recent documentary about Carthusian monks, "The Greatest Story Ever Told," about the life of Christ, or "Passion of the Christ" for viewers who can handle that film's violence.

    St. Therese de Lisieux has had a profound effect on the lives of millions, and she deserves a better movie than this. Until that movie is made, read her book, "The Story of a Soul."
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    • Author: Varshav
    This is the first film I have ever seen that would have been better of dubbed. I could then blame the poor workmanship of foreign films. Bad acting, filming and editing. Where did the actors come from? Certainly not out of acting school. I think he used my grandad's old camera to film this (but forgot to clean the lens. Due to the editing, this film makes it seem the Therese died shortly after entering the convent at 15 when in fact I believe she died aged 24. I went to see this film because I had some time to kill between checking out of my hotel and getting my flight. I now wished I had saved my $7 and gone straight to the airport.
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    • Author: Wrathmaster
    Wow, I just saw this movie last night, and was sooooo disappointed. I was excited to go and see a movie that I thought might have a spiritual effect on me, but instead, it had no effect whatsoever. The acting was horrible, there was no emotion, it seemed like they were reading off cue cards. The cinematography was unoriginal, unconvincing. I"m sure that this film could of been shot in so many different directions, but the director chose a bland, unartistic direction. If anyone else would like to explain to me something good about this movie...go ahead, change my mind. But for now this film should of went straight to video, so no one would of had to suffer to see it. -natty
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    • Author: Bluddefender
    I have to say up front that I'm ignorant of the autobiography and the story in general.

    I just thought it was tedious and I truly didn't get it.

    I came in thinking it would be interesting but the pacing, acting, and point of story was just lost on me.

    If there is anyone out there that can point me in the direction of something that would clear things up I'll keep an open mind about it.

    I mean the poor father was ready to die and they wheeled him to the convent in the rain instead of the daughters visiting him. When he died they didn't seem to have any trouble going to the house to take what they wanted.

    I'll stop there.

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    • Author: Dangerous
    No one likes to say negative things about the sincere efforts of others. The fact that 50% of these reviews are "glowing" and 50% are scathing is attributable to the filmmakers asking their friends to post so they can save face. The truth is, this movie is badly made on all levels. Read the newspaper reviews. It's poorly written, poorly acted, poorly directed. It's like watching a play performed in the back yard by your kids... it's kind of sweet, but only to those who know the performers (or in this case the filmmakers)!! Otherwise it's wholly amateurish and lacks art.

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    • Author: Kabandis
    This movie was a disappointment after all the hype attributed to it. I was expecting a much deeper portrait of a saint who had such a profound spirituality. Instead the results were mediocre at best, and perhaps didn't event scratch the surface of who this saint really was as a person and Doctor of the Church. Indeed, by the end of the movie, the viewer is left with a sort of cognitive dissonance (aptly written in Steven D. Greydanus's review) as he tries to figure out what exactly made this saint so special that it merited a feature film about her? Instead of really trying to delve into the depths of St. Therese, the movie simply takes exerts out of "Story of a Soul" and tries to literally put them on the screen. So much was treated superficially about St. Therese's spirituality - her "Little Way," the many struggles she went through and how she handled them (including her vocational crises), and the list goes on. Yes, some may say it's a good Catholic movie, but it doesn't extend beyond that paradigm. Certainly the movie does not have the quality to be marketed to the general public (which is a shame because they really could've benefited from St. Therese's spirituality on the heels of a film that did appeal to mass audiences despite it's traditional depictions - The Passion of the Christ)
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    • Author: Usaxma
    Having recently pored over the writings of St. Therese in order to learn more about her, I've also been drawn to film portrayals of her. This film sticks to the letter of Therese's life, drawing much of the dialogue directly from her autobiography Story of a Soul and from the Last Conversations that her sisters and the other nuns wrote about her last days.

    First, its strengths: Visually the movie is very good, using authentic-looking (to me, anyway, though I'm no expert) wardrobes and props. There is a lot of color and the outdoor scenes are beautiful. The music is inspirational, perhaps a bit too inspirational at times. Some reviewers have complained about the acting, but I thought it was solid though not terrific: Somewhat better than a college theater production, and somewhat worse than Hollywood acting. The only actors who really seemed like they were forcing their lines were the "mean girls" at Therese's school.

    The script did a fair job of showing Therese's human side and her struggles. However, the script would have been far better had they followed the old screen writing adage "show, don't tell." Occasionally the movie resorts to narration by quoting directly from Therese's autobiography, sometimes with underwhelming results. Therese's dark night of the soul, for example, gets roughly one minute of the movie, most of it mere narration. One gets the sense that Therese was only depressed for a little while then got over it, when in reality she spent the last eighteen months of her life almost entirely in emotional desolation. Which leads me to my other gripe with the movie, which is the passage of time (or lack thereof). When Therese gets to the convent, one doesn't get the sense of many years passing; those who aren't familiar with Therese's story might get the false impression that she was only there for a year or two before she died. The other thing that it didn't show very well was how hard convent life really was. I understand that they wanted to make the movie very appealing visually, but a more minimalist approach might have been better when portraying life in the convent. Here the nuns spent six hours in prayer a day and were under a strict oath of silence during most of the day, which was eased for two hours of daily recreation. The nuns also suffered from the bitter cold in the winter (there was no heat). The movie does not really show any of these deprivations.

    I do appreciate that the movie went out of its way to show Therese's "little way" of making small, daily sacrifices for her fellow nuns out of love for Jesus. The In this regard, the movie did a better job of showing instead of telling. However, I still don't think this is a totally balanced picture of Therese from a historical standpoint. Lindsay Younce as Therese is meek and self-sacrificing, which are true aspects of who the Saint was. However, I think mostly due to an unbalanced script, she does not get a chance to show Therese's quiet strength and leadership. Therese was pretty much a de-facto novice mistress for the last few years of her life, supervising the novice nuns in the convent and looking out for their spiritual well-being. This, however, is not shown in the movie.

    What I think will be the greatest turn-off for most viewers is that the movie is done in a very pious fashion. While its not pompous or overdone, those who do not have faith are undoubtedly turned off by such things as a rather straightforward account of a miraculous healing, for example. However, the movie does have enough shades of grey to make it seem mostly true-to-life. The nuns in Therese's convent are full of human foibles, yet they are not portrayed as evildoers whom Therese must convert, but as sisters in Christ who are to be loved in spite of their faults. On the other hand, Therese's father and her sisters will probably come across as being too goody-goody for a modern audience, but it is our cynicism that makes them seem that way. To read Therese's writings, hers really was a loving family without much conflict.

    Overall, this is a solid movie but one that also has a lot of room for improvement. Cynical people might not like it much, but then again, the whole idea of sainthood is going to cause a lot of disagreement between believers and non-believers.
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    • Author: WtePSeLNaGAyko
    Thérèse is a feature film that tells the story of Thérèse de Lisieux's life and work, with Lindsay Younce in the title role.It is the first feature film for Leonardo Defilippis, an experienced actor and theatrical director.It tells the story of a young girl who fell in love with Jesus Christ and demonstrated a path of spirituality through the actions of unconditional love, human compassion, and her "Little Way" to the modern world.

    Thérèse Martin was born in 1873 to a working-class family in France. When she was only four years old, her mother died, sending the child into a cycle of depression. At 14, she experienced a spiritual epiphany and decided to devote her life to God as decided to become a Carmelite nun, and when she was told she was too young, she traveled to the Vatican and personally appealed to the Pope to allow her to join the order. Entering the monastery at a time when winds of intellectual and spiritual change were sweeping the world, Thérèse came to see the simple but sublime life of the nuns as an inspired path to spiritual contentment, and she wrote a powerful book about her religious awakening, The Story of a Soul. Published a year after her tragic death in 1897, Thérèse's autobiography gained widespread acclaim, and the girl known as "the Little Flower" was canonized as a saint in 1925.

    This is an inspiring true story is told through simple narrative which invites the audience to self-introspection.Also,it allows them to apply such spirituality in their own modern lives.That itself deserves a 10 out of 10 rating.
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    • Author: Dawncrusher
    It's been a long time since I've seen the movie. I saw it twice right after it came out. I am a big (if not the BIGGEST) fan of St. Therese! Her story is a story that NEEDS to be made known to everyone, whether Catholic or non, because her doctrine of the "Little Way" is for everyone, all "little souls" as she referred to us all, including herself. True, as one reviewer put it, she was ordinary and the movie may have seemed ordinary. It's hard for me to review the movie these many years from seeing it. People need to know that she did countless acts of love, charity, and humility, for Our Lord. These things were all hidden from those around her, but were made known after her death in her autobiography, which was written only under obedience, not of her own accord.

    What is interesting is that I heard that they originally had another actress selected as the lead, someone who looked quite a bit like St. Therese, but they changed their mind and went with Ms. Younce, supposedly because she was more attractive. I have wanted to see what the original actress looked like and wondered how the movie would have been if they'd kept this original actress. Surely this other actress would have had her feelings hurt hearing about all of this. Since we've not heard a word from her, she must be practicing St. Therese's virtue! All things happen for a reason.

    What must be understood is that it was nothing short of a miracle to get a religious movie such as Therese into mainstream theaters! This movie, this Saint, this Message of Love, managed to slip through the cracks of materialistic, capitalistic violence, to shed a soft, sweet light...the light of God. However 'bad' or 'poor' the plot or cinematography may have been according to some of the reviews here, I believe that God works in spite of all that, just to make his sweet princess of a Saint---Therese---known to a world that desperately needs to hear what she has to say. It's TIMELESS! And the soundtrack is phenomenal too! Those voices in harmony raise my mind and soul to God. Isn't it about time that Our Lord has a place in our theaters, where many hundreds of thousands of us sit on our duffs for two or three hours at a time? If we haven't come to Him in awhile, He finds a way to come to us. Pretty cool!
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    • Author: Hugighma
    Since I already saw the movie, none of the comments spoiled my perception. I can only love Therese more. I read all of the previous comments. The guidelines say we have to restrain ourselves from the temptation of replying to the other comments; I'll try!

    What I will say is this - rather than write like a devil's advocate about this saint who is already canonized - and the cast and crew who should also become saints someday by following her little way, I'll just write a totally positive review, because I really appreciate Luke Films' beautiful movie of THERESE. Maybe love is blind because I see only goodness in everything about this film. St. Therese seems to have showered roses upon us all, and given HER permission for the making of the miracle! The characters are true role models. I'm praying for all the actors, the little ones have grown up more now 4 years later. Sometimes I quote their lines in my life. I did read her autobiography and 2 volumes of letters, which adds to my enjoyment of the film. After seeing it in the theater in Alhambra, I've watched the home video d.v.d. more than once - to study it and understand it better. This movie is the reason to own a d.v.d. player. My only disappointment is that the c.d. must have gotten scratched or something because it now has skips in it where scenes go back and repeat themselves (without rewind or fast-forward). Here is a movie which parents, Catholic schools, and parishes don't have to be ashamed to show their innocent-minded kids, teens, and young adults. Perhaps the d.v.d. chapter selection option would be a wise consideration for certain groups, to allow more time for discussion of study questions, when under a time limit, or to avoid some frightening theme in some cases. There are some mildly thematic elements under the frightening category but that's all - parental guidance can calm all fears. And the website has a lovely way of showing and sharing the miracle of Therese as well; somehow I have had trouble logging-into the website discussion board, I think I posted one comment a long time ago now I forget what I said. But I have become such a big fan. I started a fan club just for fun on Facebook (only positive comments allowed there!), I send out the post cards, put up the poster in my room (I wish the bus stop posters had the Therese movie poster, but I don't want to give up my copy of the poster!) The c.d. is perpetually in our c.d. player; each song IS different, but there are recurring themes... it is like one long symphony.
  • Cast overview, first billed only:
    Lindsay Younce Lindsay Younce - Therese Martin
    Leonardo Defilippis Leonardo Defilippis - Louis Martin
    Patti Defillipis Patti Defillipis - Zeli Martin
    Melissa Sumpter Melissa Sumpter - Young Therese
    Richelle Dodson Richelle Dodson - Young Celine
    Clara Defilippis Clara Defilippis - Young Pauline
    Mary Helen Owen Mary Helen Owen - Young Marie
    Mary Defilippis Mary Defilippis - Young Leonie
    Jen Nikolaisen Jen Nikolaisen - Celine Martin
    Linda Hayden Linda Hayden - Pauline Martin
    Maggie Rose Fleck Maggie Rose Fleck - Marie Martin
    Mandy Rimer Mandy Rimer - Leonie Martin
    Judith Kaplan Judith Kaplan - Mother Marie de Gonzague
    Samantha Kramer Samantha Kramer - Sister Augustine
    Lois Oberdrof Lois Oberdrof - Sister St. Pierre
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