Plot Summary

The mesmerizing story of a young girl's romance with God. Her faith, trials, and sacrifices reveal a way of life based on love and simplicity. A contemplative film based on the true story of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times.

Film Synopsis

Her mother died when she was four years old; her surrogate mother abandoned her a few years later, plunging Thérèse Martin (Lindsay Younce) into a mental collapse. Then something miraculous happens. At the age of 14 she undergoes a mysterious conversion and falls deeply in love with God. Then - not old enough for the convent—she goes all the way to the Vatican, where she boldly steps forth at a papal audience to beg for permission to become a Carmelite nun. In the monastery, Thérèse, a teenage girl, gains insights that breathe fresh air into the Catholic Church and transform the world. Challenged by the austere, cloistered life, this pampered child discovers a simple way of loving God. In a lavish period production, comparable to Merchant Ivory's "A Room with a View," Thérèse tells the true story of Thérèse of Lisieux, the most popular saint of modern times. It's a story of struggle and tragedy, and the greatest of all romances -The story of an ordinary girl with an extraordinary soul.

About St. Thérèse

When Thérèse Martin was born in 1873, Europe was on the verge of great change. In science there was the Industrial Revolution, which roared through England during the 18th and 19th centuries and initiated the age of technology. In art the Impressionist movement, centered in Paris, broke with the classical and romantic styles in painting and music. The French Revolution and the Enlightenment of the 18th century challenged the traditions of religion, inciting anticlerical sentiments among prominent thinkers and state leaders, thus changing French society forever. Thérèse's little town and the Carmel of Lisieux were steeped in the issues of the day. Thérèse Martin lived during a time when the modern era was dawning and her message of the 'little way' became the foundation for the 20th century.