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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance / Marie
Christian Ruché ...
Jean / Philippe
Sylvie Laporte ...
Michel Raskine ...
Man at Agency
Brigitte Catillon ...
La mère d'Éric
Régis Royer ...
Simon Eine ...
Hospital Professor
Christian Blanc ...
Marie's Tutor
General's Widow (as Maria Casarès)
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


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)  »

Also Known As:

The Reader  »

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$699,397 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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elegant, funny and very French...
28 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A woman in bed starts to read a story to her husband about a woman who visits people and reads to them... Confused? You needn't be. Despite some unusual links between reality and fantasy, this is easy to follow and engaging.

It's inventive without being in love with itself. The staging is fantastic without feeling contrived. It's made with the kind of lightness of touch you need for this kind of film and isn't the kind of thing I've seen coming out of America for some time.

This isn't your usual comedy or romance. It is very French. I don't mean this as an insult. There is fantastic set design, some lovely comic moments and a lilting feel to the music.

Probably not for everybody but if you like a subtle, gently funny, literate and unconventional film then watch this.

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