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Read My Lips -- 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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Release Date:
17 October 2001 (Belgium) See more »
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Tagline:
Il va lui apprendre les mauvaises manières... Elle lui apprendra les bonnes. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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7 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Hitchcock With The Gloves Off See more (62 total) »

Cast

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Vincent Cassel ... Paul

Emmanuelle Devos ... Carla

Olivier Gourmet ... Marchand
Olivier Perrier ... Masson

Olivia Bonamy ... Annie
Bernard Alane ... Morel
Céline Samie ... Josie
Pierre Diot ... Keller
François Loriquet ... Jean-François
Serge Onteniente ... Mammouth (as Serge Boutleroff)
David Saracino ... Richard Carambo
Christophe Vandevelde ... Louis Carambo
Bô Gaultier de Kermoal ... Le Barman
Loïc Le Page ... Quentin
Nathalie Lacroix ... L'Employée ANPE
Laurent Valo ... Le jeune sourd du café
Christiane Cohendy ... Mathilde
Isabelle Caubère ... Jeanne
Chloé Mons ... Boubou (as Chloë Mons)
Patrick Steltzer ... Le Haleur
Philippe Wintousky ... Le chef de chantier
Gladys Gambie ... Danseuse no. 1
Maurine Nicot ... Danseuse no. 2
Keena ... Danseuse no. 3
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Directed by
Jacques Audiard 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jacques Audiard 
Tonino Benacquista 

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... producer
Jean-Louis Livi .... producer
Bernard Marescot .... executive producer
Jean Louis Nieuwbourg .... line producer
Alix Raynaud .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
 
Cinematography by
Mathieu Vadepied 
 
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
 
Casting by
Richard Rousseau 
 
Production Design by
Michel Barthélémy 
 
Art Direction by
Etienne Rohde 
 
Set Decoration by
Boris Piot 
Ségolène Rocher 
 
Costume Design by
Virginie Montel 
 
Makeup Department
Pierre Chavialle .... key hair stylist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... assistant makeup artist
Alexis Kinebanyan .... special makeup effects artist
Frédérique Ney .... key makeup artist
Cécile Pellerin .... makeup artist
Emmanuel Pitois .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Gwenael Camuzard .... assistant unit manager
Michael Ermogeni .... unit manager
Brigitte Faure .... post-production manager
Jean Louis Nieuwbourg .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vincent Dachet .... second assistant director
Dominique Gerbi .... second second assistant director
Fabrice Nordmann .... second second assistant director
Serge Onteniente .... assistant director (as Serge Boutleroff)
 
Art Department
Manuel Mougin .... property master
Boris Piot .... set dresser
Thomas Reichlin Meldegg .... artistic collaborator
Tom Danos .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Charles Autrand .... dialogue editor
Marc-Antoine Beldent .... sound
Christophe Bourreau .... foley artist
Christophe Bourreau .... sound effects editor
Matthieu Bricout .... boom operator
Matthieu Bricout .... sound assistant
Jean De Sagey .... foley recordist
Christophe Gagnot .... sound assistant
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle .... assistant sound editor
Pedro Marques .... synchronization sound engineer
Gael Nicolas .... sound editor
Pascal Villard .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Aurélien Vernhes-Lermusiaux .... trainee: visual effects unit
 
Stunts
Rémi Canaple .... stunts
Michel Carliez .... stunts advisor
David Genty .... stunts
Yves Girard .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sébastien Leclercq .... assistant camera
Jean-Marie Leroy .... still photographer
Vincent Plaidy .... assistant camera
Pénélope Pourriat .... camera loader
François Tille .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Laurent Couraud .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Isabelle Pannetier .... costume supervisor
Isabelle Pannetier .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Mathias Duhayer .... post-production assistant
Marie-Pierre Frappier .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Edouard Dubois .... music consultant
 
Other crew
Sophie Ba .... production assistant
Sandrine Boulet .... production assistant
Emmanuel Rondeau du Noyer .... location scout
Stephan Guillemet .... assistant location manager
Philippe Morlier .... location manager
Nathalie Vierny .... script supervisor
Henry Villain .... travelling car
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sur mes lèvres" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language, violence and some sexual content
Runtime:
115 min | Argentina:119 min | UK:118 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | France:U | Netherlands:12 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Happy Event (2011)See more »
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31 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock With The Gloves Off, 22 September 2002
Author: MICHAEL O'FARRELL (mpofarrell) from Albany, NY

French film directors continue to amaze with their extraordinary ability to simulate the sights and sounds of ordinary, everyday suburban life. This was readily apparent with the release early in 2002 of L'Emploi du temps ( Time Out ) , a brilliant character study of of a white collar worker's descent into melancholy after having been fired from his job. As is the penchant of French filmmakers , many scenes were shot on real streets and in public places, giving a cinema verite feel to the story , yet L'Emploi du temps also possessed an elegant look thanks to excellent camera work and some stunning location footage ( most notably a Swiss mountain retreat ). Running fairly on the heels of that masterful movie comes another impressive French production, Jacques Audiard's gritty crime caper, Sur mes levres ( Read My Lips ). Actually, to tag this film a crime caper does it a disservice because it is so much more than that. As with the earlier French release, it is an incisive character study of marginal people using their wits to get ahead in a society that has turned its back on them. In a Paris construction firm Carla, a shy, diminutive young woman sits at her desk, sequestered to an area of the office that is a major pathway to the xerox machines and restrooms.

Obnoxious coworkers use the front of Carla's desk to chat and drop off their half-finished Styrofoam cups of coffee. Partially deaf, Carla turns her hearing aids on and off at will if noise becomes bothersome, be it the drone of the paper copiers or the shrill crying of a friend's baby. When her boss calls her into the office to suggest that she hire a secretarial assistant to help her with the work load, Carla fears she may lose her job. At the employment office Carla lists the specifications she wants for her assistant (preferably male) as if she were at a Personals Agency. He should be 25 years old and clean -cut , with extensive computer and filing skills. When the agency sends over an unkempt , menacing looking young man, Carla is both shocked and intrigued. They leave the office and have lunch at a local eatery, where Carla interviews her prospective assistant. When she finds out that he has just gotten out of prison , Carla initially wants nothing to do with Paul, but has a change of heart and hires him on. Although she is basically kind toward her helper, Carla now finds herself in a position of authority and possessing a newfound sense of power. Paul learns quickly and becomes an able worker. Carla helps Paul find a temporary place to live and even covers for him when his parole officer shows up one day at the office wondering why Paul missed his appointment. During one of their lunch breaks Carla informs Paul of her hearing deficiency and reveals her ability to read lips. Later, when an avaricious coworker blatantly takes over a project Carla has been working on, a furious Carla asks Paul's help in seeking revenge on the man. From here on in Sur mes levres becomes an increasingly intense crime drama escalating into some of the most violently graphic scenes that have been shown on the screen in recent years. The screenplay borrows elements from Hitchcock, most notably REAR WINDOW, where Carla's lip-reading talent comes into full play using a pair of binoculars. There is a teasing, on-again, off-again sexual attraction between the two protagonists that culminates in a rather strange homage to NORTH BY NORTHWEST, but it works because of the considerable sexual heat that builds slowly between the two stars. That being said, what one carries away from this movie isn't so much the similarities to classic Hitchcock thrillers, although those elements are definitely there, but the pervasive view a of a modern day city (in this case Paris) where life runs the gamut from mundane workdays to a boozy, garish nightlife where sex, drugs and laundered money infiltrate the lives of several characters. Unlike Hollywood productions, this is a psychological suspense yarn where the people look like the everyday man and woman on the street, where a punch in the face or groin sounds like a sickening thud and where the office is a place to be feared. It's Hitchcock with the gloves off.

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