Therese and Isabelle

Therese and Isabelle (also known as Thérèse and Isabelle and Thérèse et Isabelle) is a 1968 French-American romantic erotic drama film directed by Radley Metzger,[1][2][3] and based on the novel Thérèse et Isabelle by Violette Leduc.[4]

Therese and Isabelle
Original film poster
Directed byRadley Metzger[1][2][3]
Produced byRadley Metzger
Kurt Ulrich
Screenplay byJesse Vogel
Based onThérèse et Isabelle (by Violette Leduc)[4]
StarringEssy Persson
Anna Gaël
Barbara Laage
Anne Vernon
Music byGeorges Auric
CinematographyHans Jura
Edited byHumphrey Wood
Distributed byAudubon Films
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
118 minutes
West Germany
Budget$250,000 (est)


Two young girls grow up together and share affectionate intimacies in a European boarding school for girls.



Reviews of his film adaptation of Thérèse et Isabelle have been generally favorable,[5][6][7][8][9][10] although not with all reviewers.[11][12]


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  2. Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris". Playboy. Archived from the original on February 4, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  3. Bentley, Toni (June 2014). "The Legend of Henry Paris" (PDF). Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  4. Lezard, Nicholas (February 28, 2012). "Thérèse and Isabelle by Violette Leduc – review". The Guardian. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  5. Corliss, Richard (September 1, 1968). "Review: Therese and Isabelle by Radley Metzger". Film Quarterly. 22 (1): 63–67. doi:10.2307/1210043. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  6. Henderson, Eric (November 30, 2004). "Therese and Isabelle". Slant Magazine. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  7. Null, Christopher (1968). "Therese and Isabelle Review". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  8. Doerksen, Cliff (2016). "Therese and Isabelle". Chicago Reader. Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  9. Morris, Gary (1998). "The Films of Radley Metzger". Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  10. Burridge, Shane R. (1968). "Therese and Isabelle (1968)". Retrieved April 9, 2017.
  11. Ebert, Roger (October 28, 1968). "Therese and Isabelle - review". Retrieved April 8, 2017.
  12. Lotti, Matthew (1968). "Therese and Isabelle". Retrieved April 9, 2017.
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