How to tell a saint's life (or how to cut an orange)
This is a short which deals with the preparation of Alain Cavalier 's last mainstream movie "Thérèse" ,with depicts the life of the famous saint of Lisieux.We only see the director's hands .
It begins with a white sheet of paper which may represents the screen or the place where the director is going to write his script or draw important scenes of his future effort:like Hitchcock and Clouzot,we learn that Cavalier uses storyboards .He displays a series of photographs (taken by Therese's sister,who was also a nun) which spans the whole life of the saint ,from her vows to her deathbed ;the last picture shows a face of a suffering woman (tuberculosis ;a mortal disease in Therese's time);he reads some of Therese's words about God and the meaning of agony -nothing to relieve the excruciating pain).He shows us a model of a nun's cell (3x3 meters);we feel that the director wanted to put a lot into his work.
His movie was greeted by sympathetic reviews and proves successful with the audience: the Bressonesque treatment was utterly uncompromising but the saint's popularity was a strong hook.
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