Wednesday, November 16, 2016

'Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux' (2004)

Thérèse: The Story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux (2004): directed by Leonardo Defilippis. I am hoping to see the critically acclaimed 1986 French language film directed by Alain Cavalier that's also called Thérèse, but in the meantime, I enjoyed this English language biopic that seems to have come in mostly under the radar.
Thérèse is a sweet, straightforward movie. The most interesting thing to me is seeing how Marie Françoise-Thérèse Martin (1873-1897) -- Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower -- made her way within the Martin family system, and within the Barefoot Carmelites order of nuns. Her parents were serious Catholics. They had nine children, four of whom died in infancy or at a very young age. Thérèse's mother died when she was four years old. All four of her remaining siblings became nuns. Thérèse herself died of consumption / tuberculosis at the age of twenty-four. From the perspective of the Twenty-first century, the whole arc of the story is astonishing to me. I really like this movie version.

Today's Rune:  Wholeness. 


the walking man said...

If propagation of blood lines(expansion of the church) is a compelling reason for Catholics to decry birth control, what sense does it make to send all of your daughter's to a nunnery?

So err what were Therese' miracles?

Erik Donald France said...

That's one of the things that makes their story so interesting, Mark ~ the daughters wanted to be nuns, and chose to be nuns.

Anonymous said...

5 siblings who became nuns. A family blessed by grace.