Cinema: Therese and Isabelle

This feelie probably goes as far as the permissive law permits. Based on a novella by Violette Leduc, a gifted French writer who is an admitted lesbian, the film tells the old story of homosexual love between school chums. Therese is played by Sweden's pouty-lipped Essy Persson, and Isabelle by France's blonde, big-eyed Anna Gael. They make love with their clothes on in a toilet cubicle and the school chapel, and with their clothes off in bed and in the woods. There is also a prolonged bout of autoeroticism and, just for variety, one heterosexual encounter; a voice-over narrative explains, in...