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THERESE AND ISABELLE is a fairly sensitive, if somewhat exploitative, drama detailing a schoolgirl's foray into lesbianism. In a flashback triggered by a visit to her old school, Persson recalls being sent away to school by her indifferent mother, recently married to a man who dislikes
children. Painfully lonely, the teenager relies on fellow student Gael for solace. After both young women have brutal sexual encounters with men, they look to each other for sexual fulfillment. While neither the story nor the characters are especially interesting (and both Persson and Gael are at
least a decade away from adolescence), THERESE AND ISABELLE does vary somewhat from the usual exploitation fare in quality--it's photographed in widescreen (which is lost on video) and in black and white, features a score by French composer Georges Auric (A NOUS LA LIBERTE; ORPHEUS; WAGES OF
FEAR), and is based on a novel by Violette Leduc. The videocassette is dubbed in English.