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Therese

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Source: Catholic News Service

Earnest but mawkish period piece which reverently dramatizes the life of St. Therese of Lisieux (Lindsay Younce), known affectionately as the "Little Flower." Based on her posthumously published autobiography, "The Story of a Soul," and directed by Leonardo Defilippis, the film is not so much a textured spiritual portrait of the young French nun considered by Pope Pius X "the greatest saint of modern times," but a stilted series of hagiographic tableaus which, though edifying to devotees, may limit the movie's appeal to mainstream viewers. Nevertheless, the beauty of Therese's inspirational life and words still shines through the film's artistic shortcomings. Thematic elements involving parental death and a criminal execution. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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