In 1897 Therese Martin, a young French girl, died of tuberculosis in a Carmelite convent in Lisieux. Twenty-eight years later, she was canonized and has since become known as "the Little Flower of Jesus." Her diaries, written in the convent, have been translated into numerous languages and
served as the basis for this film directed by Alain Cavalier and cowritten with his daughter, Camille De Casabianca. Catherine Mouchet stars as Therese, a novice who faces the cold, hard life of the convent with great spiritual devotion, suffering in silent physical deterioration. Like all
Carmelite nuns, she believes that she is the bride of Jesus Christ. Rather than viewing her...