The Lives of Thérèse

The Lives of Thérèse

Please join Cultivate Cinema Circle for Love is Love: Sébastien Lifshitz’s LGBTQ+ Portraits, five films directed by Frenchman Sébastien Lifshitz. Next up is The Lives of Thérèse [Les vies de Thérèse] [2016].

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Downtown Central Library Auditorium
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Synopsis courtesy of The Party Sales:

Thérèse Clerc is one of France’s fiercest activists. From abortion rights to sexual equality to homosexual rights, she has fought every battle. With the knowledge that she is dying from an incurable illness, she decides to give a tender and lucid last look at what was her life, her battles and her loves.


  • Cannes Film Festival – 2016 – Winner: Queer Palm
  • BFI London Film Festival – 2016
  • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival – 2017 – Honorable Mention: Best Mid-Length Documentary
Sébastien Lifshitz, © AGAT FILMS & CIE – ARTE France. Courtesy of Music Box Films

“My work centers essentially on the idea of the portrait, that is to pick an individual and try to picture his or her inner landscape – one could almost call it the inner space. And the discontinued narrative helps me to approach it.”

Courtesy of The Lives of Thérèse press kit:

After studying art history, Sébastien Lifshitz began working in the world of contemporary art in 1990, assisting curator Bernard Blistène at the Pompidou Center, and photographer Suzanne Lafont. In 1994, he turned to filmmaking with his first short, Il faut que je l’aime.

In 1995, he made a documentary about film director Claire Denis, and in 1998 he completed his mid-length feature Open Bodies, which was selected for numerous international film festivals, including Cannes and Clermont-Ferrand, and won the Prix Jean Vigo and the Kodak Award for Best Short Film. In 1999, he directed Cold Lands for Arte as part of their series Gauche-Droite. The film was selected for the Venice Film Festival.

In 2000, he directed his first full-length feature, Come Undone, hailed by the critics and released internationally. In 2001, his second full-length feature, a documentary – road movie entitled The Crossing, was selected for the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. In 2004 he began shooting Wild Side, which went on to be selected for numerous international festivals and won, among other awards, the Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Award. In 2009 he shot Going South, which was selected for the 2010 Berlin Film Festival. Then in 2012, he directed Les Invisibles, a documentary film selected in Cannes Film Festival in the Official Selection. The film won the César (French Academy Award) for Best Documentary of 2013. That same year, he completed the documentary Bambi which was presented at the Berlin Film Festival, where it won the Teddy Award. In 2014, Sébastien Lifshitz received the «Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres.»


  • Casa Susanna (2022)
  • Bambi, une nouvelle femme [Bambi, A French Woman] (2021)
  • Petite Fille [Little Girl] (2020)
  • Avenue de lamballe (2019)
  • Adolescents (2019)
  • Les vies de Thérèse [The Lives of Thérèse] (2016)
  • Bambi (2013)
  • Les invisibles [The Invisibles] (2012)
  • Plein sud [Going South] (2009)
  • Jour et nuit (2008)
  • Les temoins (2006)
  • Wild Side (2004)
  • La traversée [The Crossing] (2001)
  • Presque rien [Come Undone] (2000)
  • Les terres froides [Cold Lands] (1999)
  • Les corps ouverts [Open Bodies] (1998)
  • Claire Denis la vagabonde (1995)
  • Il faut que je l’aime (1994)

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