Director: Charlie Stratton
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Felton, Jessica Lange, Oscar Isaac
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country of Origin: USA 2013 107 mins.
Released by SONY PICTURES
A period drama adapted from Emile Zola's 1869 novel, 'Therese Raquin' - forced marriage, adultery and murder in 19th century Paris.
Therese (Elizabeth Olsen) is forced by Madame Raquin (Jessica Lange) into a loveless sexless marriage with Camille (Tom Felton). Her days are spent looking after the small shop which provides their income and evenings watching Madame Raquin playing dominos with her friends. Enter Laurent (Oscar Isaac), Camille's boyhood friend and everything changes - it's all systems go for Therese and Laurent but will the lovers secret remain a secret? Of course it won't end happily. There's murder on the horizon and with it comes guilt and recriminations.
The first half is lusty hanky panky with corsets torn off but it's all rather ordinary after the murder. It's not a satisfying adaptation of Zola's novel.