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La lectrice (1988)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  October 1989 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance / Marie
Régis Royer ...
María Casares ...
General's Widow
Patrick Chesnais ...
Company Director
Pierre Dux ...
Christian Ruché ...
Jean / Philippe
Brigitte Catillon ...
Eric's Mother
Marianne Denicourt ...
Charlotte Farran ...
Clotilde de Bayser ...
Coralie's Mother
Jean-Luc Boutté ...
Police Inspector
Simon Eine ...
Hospital Professor
L'infirmière muette
André Wilms ...
Man in Rue Saint-Landry
Bérangère Bonvoisin ...
Joel's Mother


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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Release Date:

October 1989 (USA)  »

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La lectrice  »

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$699,397 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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I Wish I'd Come Up With The Brilliant "Reading Between The Sheets" Tagline ...
19 January 2004 | by (Yurp) – See all my reviews

This is a slightly bizarre film, a bit like a pretentious European soft porno movie from the 1970ies, minus the sleaze. I have seen it before in a dubbed version, back when it first came out, and didn't get it -- the movie relies heavily on the original dialogue. This time I saw the French version, and, although I still can't say that I managed to penetrate into the story's every nook and cranny, I can testify that the dialogue is quite witty, the wit is farcical, and Miou-Miou is adequately sensual. And that's more than you can say for most movies these days. It won't make it into my personal list of desert island films, but I'm genuinely glad to have given it another go.

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