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Read My Lips (2001)

Sur mes lèvres (original title)
She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself.


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Olivier Perrier ...
Bernard Alane ...
Céline Samie ...
Pierre Diot ...
François Loriquet ...
Serge Onteniente ...
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David Saracino ...
Christophe Vandevelde ...
Bô Gaultier de Kermoal ...
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Loïc Le Page ...
Nathalie Lacroix ...
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Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, but Carla covers for him when the need arises because of his other qualities - he's a thief, fresh out of jail and very good-looking. It's a case of good meeting bad. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 July 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Read My Lips  »

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Box Office


FRF 49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$909,354 (France) (19 October 2001)


$1,359,133 (USA) (27 November 2002)

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1.85 : 1
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When the man calls for Paul Angeli and then hangs up, Carla peers into the copy room and then hangs up the phone. As she is sitting at her desk, the reflection of a moving crane or boom mic extension is visible in the glass behind her. See more »


References Rear Window (1954) See more »


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A gripping character-driven psychodramatic caper flick
24 July 2003 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"Read My Lips" tells of a strange symbiosis which develops between a plain, socially maladroit female office worker (Devos) and her workplace trainee, a crude excon (Casel). As the film fleshes out this unlikely duo down to their ids they become embroiled in a chilling merging of the minds, each using the other for their own selfish reasons with an extraordinary outcome. Good stuff for anyone into character-driven films with strong psychodramatic undercurrents. In French with easy to read subtitles and good translation. (B+)

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