In Secret Review

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Pushed into a loveless marriage with her cousin (Felton) by overbearing aunt Madame Raquin, Thérèse Raquin (Olsen) falls into a torrid relationship with a close friend of her husband. The consequences - for all concerned - threaten to be dire.


Elizabeth Olsen stars in this period drama based on the Zola novel Thérèse Raquin. Trapped in a loveless marriage with her sickly cousin Camille (Tom Felton), Thérèse is easily lured into an affair with his rakish old chum, Laurent (Oscar Isaac). Passion and melodrama follow in the side streets and parks of Paris. It’s a little plodding and could use more character insight, but the story’s eventful enough to keep the interest, and Olsen and Isaac are terrific. A strong supporting cast includes Shirley Henderson, Mackenzie Crook, Matt Lucas and most notably Jessica Lange as Camille’s doting mother.

Sensitive performances from a willing cast bring Zola's novel to life on the big screen.