Therese recounts the life of Therese of Lisieux, the most popular Saint of modern times. A bourgeois girl from a Victorian French family, Therese journeyed to Rome to beg Pope Leo XIII for permission to enter the Carmelite monastery at the unheard-of age of 15.
This compelling faith-based story displays a powerful in-depth look at Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. The film takes the viewer through her life starting as a young girl who lost her mother at the age of 24 but who lived a lot before her death. Luke Films gives the viewer a wonderful presentation in revealing the message of Saint Thérèse’ story. She wanted to be a nun at fifteen and was told she was too young but she did not give up in her determination to fulfill her calling. The movie contains a humorous scene in which Thérèse is hard on herself, believing she has committed great sins including taking the biggest piece of cake at dinner!
The portrayals are amazing, especially that of Lindsey Younce, who portrays Thérèse. She brings a purity and innocence to the role as well as a stubborn faith which will not retreat. Another stand-out is director Leonardo Defilippis, who plays Thérèse’s father. He gives a nuanced and strong performance as a man of quiet faith. He also gives the film a strong direction. This is a good film to enlighten those who might be lukewarm in their faith and we recommend it for viewers who simply enjoy a good story of faith and overcoming adversity. The Dove Foundation puts it in the 12+ category due to some story elements. This is a film which will inspire the viewer to focus on his or her spiritual life and it may well increase the viewer’s faith. It’s a must-see movie!