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Sep 28, 2004



oooh i dont like the sound of what st. luke did there....let me know when you see it blazer...





“I am simply content to find myself always imperfect, and in this I find my joy. Good deeds count as nothing, if done without love.”

- Saint Therese of Lisieux, 1873-1897

Congratulations! Now you can say your prayers have been answered. Despite the arrival of major studio-driven films, such as “Shark Tale” and “Ladder 49” on the same weekend, THERESE ranked #21 nationwide in terms of total audience attendance. Due to popular demand, THERESE has been extended one more week in all the theaters. If you have not seen the film by now, please make time to watch THERESE, contemplate its message and be blessed.

Based on audience interest, the second wave of the movie’s release begins October 15.

While “The Passion of the Christ” was surrounded by controversy for its graphic brutality to portray the message of Jesus, THERESE is experiencing controversy related to its innocence and simplicity. This comes as no surprise to THERESE followers, as Saint Therese herself was and continues to be misunderstood or dismissed because of her lack of successful accomplishment. At first glance, the life and message of Saint Therese seems to lack great depth or merit by society’s measure. However, ironically, it is the very nothings of her life that make her message so poignant for everyone.

Desiring to incorporate the very simplicity of Saint Therese, director Leonardo Defilippis chose to portray this motion picture with an honest simplicity contrary to the popular filmmaking techniques and glamour we often find in today’s movies. In doing so, THERESE challenges viewers to surrender to the spirituality of the film itself and enter into the mystery of this interior story, wherein they will enter into the mystery of Saint Therese herself.

THERESE has been reviewed in secular and Catholic publications all over the country. Now you have the option to submit your own reviews at the THERESE web site discussion board as well as other web sites.

The plan for adding more areas of release is entirely dependent on interest from the potential movie-going audience and encouragement from church leaders who would like the Theresian message to be shared with people like you.

We have received complaints on group sales requests, interior theater lights being on during the show, and improper framing which resulted in the top of the picture being cut off. Any grievances concerning the exhibition of the film must be directed to the theater manager.

To see the latest additions to the list of theaters, please visit http://www.theresemovie.com and click on NOW SHOWING (http://www.theresemovie.com/en/showing/theatrical_content.html) or visit the section SHOWING THE MIRACLE.

To download Local Posters to use in your area visit: http://www.theresemovie.com/en/sharing/posters.html
Luke Films wishes to offer prayers and appreciation to all of our volunteers and others who helped in promoting the film. Thank you to everyone for sharing the message from the THERESE motion picture during the first week. Please continue your prayerful support and encourage your friends to see this movie and be blessed by its simple message.

Sincerely in Christ,

Luke Films, Inc.


A Comment from IMDb
Date: 23 October 2004
Summary: By far a pleasure not a pain.

THÉRÈSE: Review by Stan Williams, Ph.D.

The word on the street and in other reviews is that THÉRÈSE, the movie, is a pain to watch for all sorts of predictable reasons. I had not wanted to see the film but as a producer, director and sometimes Catholic film critic, felt it was my obligation. Besides I've met and respect the director, Leonardo DeFlippis and producer, Brian Shields as gentlemen who are sincere about their faith and try their best at the craft.

So I went last night with friends to a Cineplex where THÉRÈSE is now in it's fourth week.

My reaction was very different from my peers. I liked the film, and it brought me to tears several times. Perhaps my take on it was positive because I had just attended a film festival where most of the films were horrible testaments to both story and the film-making craft and I was dying for anything that was shot within the most basic of rules. Or perhaps it was because I stood in line with hundreds of teens buying tickets to THE GRUGE, sort of the antithesis of THÉRÈSE. Or perhaps it was because I've been teaching a couple of beginning film directing courses and after watching the beginning efforts of my students leads one to feast on anything half well-done.

Or perhaps it's because I'm a filmmaker trying to make my first feature (I've produced and directed hundreds of corporate and non-profit fare), and I know what DeFlippis went through to get his film made and admire him for it. Or
perhaps it's because I went to daily Mass for several years at The Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak, MI and know a little, but not much, about THÉRÈSE from my visits to the church's museum about her. Or maybe I just like
disagreeing with people. But, for whatever the true reasons, I liked THÉRÈSE very much. I came out a better person than when I went in, and I thought the movie was well-crafted. Here are some specifics.

The director, Leonardo DeFilippis, has a reputation for overly dramatic one-man chancel dramas, and the criticism I had heard about THÉRÈSE was in that vein. But DeFilippis' performance as Therese's father is reserved, subtle, and refined. He cuts a good figure for a bourgeois Frenchman in the mid 1800s. For a first time film project, DeFilippis' direction is consistent, deliberate, and appropriate for the subject matter. Some may be disappointed by the number of small-scale and reserved tableau's, but for the budget and the simple story that the movie tries to convey in France in the mid 1800s, the project is well executed.

Catholic film critics are fond of criticizing the idea of producing "Saint Movies," as if such projects are below the calling of a writer or producer or are impossible to do well for a secularized culture preoccupied with tent pole releases. But what we forget is that the story of St. Therese is not in the same dramatic genre as THE PASSION, or A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. Yet, there is movie material here, for there is a clear dramatic goal and conflict through which the protagonist perseveres and accomplishes, ironically through death. THÉRÈSE,the movie, is an ironic love story that works. It's a period drama about a calling not unlike Joan of Arc but without the swordplay.

DeFilippis' reasons for not previewing the movie with Catholic reviewers was another signal that the movie was a bomb. We thought he was embarrassed to let it be seen. But perhaps too many of us are cynical Catholic reviewers who are holding out for another LORD OF THE RINGS or trying desperately to avoid another MERCY STREETS or LEFT BEHIND. And while THÉRÈSE is not in the adventure-thriller genre (nor is it a "Presumptuous Preachy") it is an adventure of the soul that connects to the audience easily; for we all struggle with acceptance of who were are in the shadow of an almighty God.

Before production, the script was criticized by respected script consultants. But the film's execution (with perhaps some script revisions) reveals a well-crafted story that is true to its source material. There is a clear goal, both physically and psychologically, good drama, character arcs, and turning points. And there are some great lines, like the first one we hear: "I want to be a saint, but I feel so helpless." In that one line we have the dramatic arc of the whole movie. That is good script writing, in one short sentence the moral dilemma of the protagonist is presented for our evaluation, and we root for her until she achieves it, and the fade to black.

For a low budget film ($1M) the cinematography and source lighting is lush and arresting to watch. The locations authentic and simple, as is the story is intended. There are great reveals, and the art direction and costuming are an achievement for such a low budget effort. There is, however, a head-cropping problem in the framing.

Lindsay Younce, who plays Thérèse, is believable and we like her. Her simplicity of beauty and delivery represents well the persona of real Thérèse, and there is a similarity in their appearance. Even in her sickness and visions, we believe Younce's interpretation. The camera likes Younce and we do too.

But the real surprise is the score by Sister Marie Therese Sokol, a cloistered Carmelite nun near Seattle. It is magnificent with a sure hand at subtle orchestrations, dramatic underscore, and comic relief. I do hope her superiors let her write more scores.

THÉRÈSE may not be popular mainstream fare, but it is a very good movie that is easy to watch, and I predict will become much more than just a cult classic. It will be used widely to teach and inspire young women and men about the true
Christian understanding of love, sacrifice, and worship of God in the littlest but most profoundest of ways


okay, we saw it in San Antonio and pictures were cut (foreheads) and some scenes were fuzzy enough to think if it was done with a home video camera. I knew the story, so I enjoyed it, but with a critical eye, I feel as if there could have been more, especially for those who don't know the story. It's coming to corpus, so we'll see it again. The chopped head and fuzzy takes shouldn't happen again, right? If it's the theatre's problem....hmmmmmm. I'll let you know.


"Luke Films, Inc., is a non-profit organization, continuing to fulfill the Holy Father’s vision of the new evangelization. We are working to spread the simple message of Saint Therese. All revenues garnered from the film shall go into the proposed Luke Media Center, which is dedicated to bringing you more faith-based feature films and television programs.

The THERESE motion picture is endorsed by the Vatican, in addition to church representatives from 110 countries, and is encouraged by church leaders including Cardinal George, Cardinal Egan, Archbishop Burke, Archbishop Sean O’Malley, Archbishop Vlazny, Archbishop John P. Boles, Bishop Fiorenza, and others…

I seek your collaboration in supporting the new evangelization and sincerely thank you for your prayerful consideration.

May God bless you,

Leonardo Defilippis
Luke Films, Inc."

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