Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin

Thérèse Raquin (also The Adultress) is a 1953 French-Italian drama film directed by Marcel Carné and starring Simone Signoret, Raf Vallone and Jacques Duby. The story is loosely based on the 1867 novel of the same title by Émile Zola but with the setting updated to 1953. It was shot at the Neuilly Studios in Paris and on location in Lyon. The film's sets were designed by the art director Paul Bertrand. It was screened at the 14th Venice International Film Festival where it won the Silver Lion.


Thérèse, an orphan, has been brought up by her widowed aunt in a dingy backstreet shop in Lyon and married to her sickly first cousin Camille. Into their stifling existence comes Laurent, a lively Italian truck driver. He is immediately struck by Thérèse, who succumbs to him but will not abandon her husband and aunt. Once aware of the relationship, Camille and his mother plot to get rid of Thérèse.

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    contentLocation Lyon
    director Marcel Carné
    editor Henri Rust Marthe Gottie Suzanne Rondeau
    genre drama thriller
    keywords married overcome post it truck driver widow
    musicBy Maurice Thiriet
    producer Raymond Hakim Robert Hakim
    productionCompany Lux Film
    publisher Lux Film
    recordedAt Lyon