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La lectrice (1988)

R | | Comedy, Drama | October 1989 (USA)
A multi-faceted film based on Raymond Jean's novel "La Lectrice". Constance (Miou-Miou) reads the novel aloud in bed to her lover. Inspired by the story of Marie, a woman who advertises her... See full summary »

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Constance / Marie
Christian Ruché ...
Jean / Philippe
Sylvie Laporte ...
Françoise
Michel Raskine ...
Man at Agency
Brigitte Catillon ...
La mère d'Éric
Régis Royer ...
Éric
Simon Eine ...
Hospital Professor
Christian Blanc ...
Marie's Tutor
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Bella
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General's Widow (as Maria Casarès)
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Man in Rue Saint-Landry
Patrick Chesnais ...
Company Director
Clotilde de Bayser ...
La mère de Coralie
Jean-Luc Boutté ...
Police Inspector
Bérangère Bonvoisin ...
La mère de Joël
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A multi-faceted film based on Raymond Jean's novel "La Lectrice". Constance (Miou-Miou) reads the novel aloud in bed to her lover. Inspired by the story of Marie, a woman who advertises her services as a reader of literature, Constance decides to do the same. Here the film takes on a kaleidoscopic effect as the lives of Constance and Marie become merged, making it hard to distinguish what is real and what is fantasy. This structure is further complicated when the lives of Constance's clients become tangled with the stories she reads. The film is interspersed with readings from well known literary sources as diverse as, amongst others, Baudelaire, Duras, Tolstoy, Lewis Carroll and de Sade's "120 days..." Written by Michele Wilkinson - University of Cambridge Language Centre

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Comedy | Drama

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October 1989 (USA)  »

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$699,397 (USA)
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the joys of genuine reading: not for the e-book crowd
30 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even the most ardent bibliophiles have to set aside their books when the theater lights go down, but this playful French import at least offers some consolation, in a sense attempting to approximate with the written word what Juzo Itami did with noodles and egg yolk in 'Tampopo'. One of the joys of a good book is of course the vicarious thrill of escapism, something Miou-Miou discovers firsthand while reading Raymond Jean's novel (of the same name as the film) and imagining herself as its protagonist: a professional reader who finds her choice of books somehow reflecting the idiosyncrasies of each client. This is clearly a film working on several levels at once, but a refresher course in European literature may be required to fully appreciate it. The visual scheme is offbeat and arresting, bringing the pages of each selected novel to colorful life, but the script is perhaps too infatuated with its own love of language, creating an elegant and infuriating puzzle where the patterns of each separate piece are more attractive than the finished picture.


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