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Tribute to Claude Miller: Thérese Desqueyroux Closes this Year’s Cannes Film Festival

As we mentioned before, the Cannes Film Festival was going to figure out a way in which to honor some of their fallen comrades of the past year and what better way to pay tribute than by giving them the least liked slot you can find at the fest. Claude Miller’s Thérèse Desqueyroux will close out this year’s fest with starlets Audrey Tautou, Gilles Lellouche and Anaïs Demoustier walking up the red carpet on 27 May in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals. The French filmmaker who had passed away at the beginning of the month had put the final touches on a period film that is set to be released domestically in November.

Based on the 1927 François Mauriac novel, this is the story of an unhappy wife who struggles to break free from social pressures and her boring suburban setting. Lellouche plays Bernard – the once supportive husband who decides to isolate his wife after taking one too may gulps of poison, while Demoustier takes on younger sister Anne, whose life is the polar opposite of her old sis Thérèse Desqueyroux (Tautou). Expect Tautou to borrow from some of the maliciousness we might have found in her perf in Coco Before Chanel

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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