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Haven't read the book so can't compare to that. But great choice of haunting music and a pleasing setting. Jessica Lange is absolutely wonderful that you can't help but try to understand her...desperation?
The movie itself raises certain morale questions: How far is one willing to go for the sake of an affair; Is Therese's impulsive action a natural byproduct of the affair or is it a desperate attempt out of a forced and loveless marriage? I didn't find the movie boring because I was eager to see if it was a cliched ending, but regardless, it is a dark and gloomy film.
By watching this movie, I can tell that the novel behind is good. If you watch this movie patiently, you can understand the messages that the novel tries to convey. If you want an entertaining movie, this movie failed to do the job. If you do not have time to read the novel, this movie is a good substitute. The following is the key question that one may learn from the movie: Who is the murderer? The unfortunate Therese , who lived unhappily under an arranged (being forced) marriage? Her lover Laurent, who actually did the killing? Her aunt and mother-in-law Madame Raquin, who was so selfish that she forced Therese to marry her sickly cousin? Or the sickly cousin himself?
This is an uninspired adaptation of Zola's novel, in which the orphaned Thérèse finds herself caught in an unhappy marriage with a hypocondriacal mama's boy. Several early visuals well convey the theme of her emotional imprisonment. Then along comes handsome Laurent to awaken the young bride's dormant passion, ... and we're off to the races. Oscar Issacs is a good Laurent, while Jessica Lange shines as Madame Raquin; but Elizabeth Olsen makes an unconvincing Thérèse. The film oddly downplays the key 'gothic' element in the novel (the guilt-ridden couple's nightly visions of the drowned husband's clamy corpse). Shirley Henderson delivers a few good lines, but most of the minor characters are stereotypes. Green screen shooting is used to make it seem that the film was shot in Paris, but the landscaping of the parks and the stonework in the 'real' street scenes clearly indicate otherwise.
Dark, gloomy, tragic...and oh so sensual. Good adaptation, haunting music, beautifully directed and photographed.
Acting is excellent if a bit overdone. Oscar Isaac, who was so terrific in "Inside Llewyn Davis" is even better here, with his smoldering good looks and compelling screen presence.
The below commentary summed it up overall. Somewhat depressing, somewhat boring, somewhat decent. Meh.
Good acting, but not a very unique story or compelling in any way. I can take it or leave it.
BORING, DISAPPOINTING. TOO MANY SCENES WITH POOR LIGHTING AND TOO DARK. AUDIO MUMBLING HARD TO FOLLOW.
OVER RATED. INCEST. SURPRISE ENDING. DROWNING WAS HARD TO FOLLOW.
It was hard to determine how many stars to give this movie. Jessica Lange is FANTASTIC, and I don't think my rating represents that. The whole movie was actually well made-it's just such a horribly depressing film that I could not give it a higher rating. But perhaps I need to be blaming Zola for that!
Must be quite shocking of a story centuries ago when Thérèse Raquin was first published in 1867 and its play first performed in 1873 by the French writer Émile Zola, per wikipedia. These days, not so much a reminder that deadly crimes of passion has remained the same through the ages.
The story is been there done that. It's very boring. The acting is not the best, but to be fair, there's not much substance to the characters. Not recommended.
Picked this up on a whim. What a treat it turned out to be. Highly recommend it.