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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 »
Genre:
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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Awards:
7 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
There is no reason for not believing in the quality of this movie 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

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
Anne Bourlet Siguoirt .... production assistant (as Anne Bourlet)
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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Aspect Ratio:
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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Goofs:
Continuity: When she passes out she is wearing a sweater set, she is revived by unbuttoning her blouse, but is back in the sweater set to meet with her boss.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Happy Event (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Last Dance (and I come over)See more »

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
There is no reason for not believing in the quality of this movie, 20 July 2005
Author: Philip Van der Veken from Tessenderlo, Belgium

I must admit that I had my doubts about this movie before I was going to watch it. The main reason for that is because it was compared to a Hitchcock movie. I've seen several movies that were said to be inspired by Hitchcock or that could have been made by the 'Master of Suspense' himself, but so far I haven't seen any of these movie that would be able to stand the test of time. In my opinion Hitchcock has become a household name which is too easily used to promote some (cheap) thrillers, but on the other hand I must admit that I was intrigued by it because this is a European movie. Normally it's the big Hollywood studios who like to abuse Hitchcock's name if that can raise their income. But this movie was made in one of the most chauvinistic European countries ever and I'm sure that most French would rather drop dead than to admit that their movies have been inspired by an Englishman. That's why I decided to give this movie a try and I must say that I'm glad that I did.

"Sur mes lèvres" or "Read my Lips" as it is called in English, tells the story of a young secretary named Carla. She is a hardworking and loyal employee, but has never been very appreciated by her colleagues. That has much to do with the fact that she suffers from a hearing deficiency, which has denied her to climb up on the hierarchical ladder of the company. But when she is allowed to hire a trainee that can work for her, all this is about to change. Paul Angeli is a 25 year old and completely unskilled ex-convict. The man is a thief, but Carla gives him a chance and covers for him when needed. She hopes to teach him what a regular life should look like, but at the same time he drags her with him in his old life...

Since I still believe that the name Hitchcock is used too often to describe a very good thriller - which this movie definitely is - I will not make any comparisons between Hitchcock and Jacques Audiard's directing. Fact is that the man has done a really good job with this movie. I hadn't heard of him before, but it is true that he knows how to build up suspense and how to keep you interested from the beginning until the end. That also has a lot to do with the very fine and original story of course. I doubt if there is someone in Hollywood who has ever come up with the idea of using a handicapped woman in a powerful role, instead of making her the helpless subject of an abusive husband (you know, the typical TV-movie story).

Also worth noticing is the acting in this movie. Vincent Cassel is quite famous, but Emmanuelle Devos was a complete mystery to me. There is absolutely nothing glamorous about their roles, but they both did an excellent job with their characters, making them feel very believable and realistic. Paul could have been the average tough guy right out of jail and Carla the typically helpless woman, but thanks to their performances, you really believe that these are two strong people who both have had some bad luck in life but who will make the best out of it together.

All in all this is a powerful movie with a very fine script and some excellent acting. Despite the fact that I had my doubts about it, I've soon become one of its greatest admirers. I give this movie an 8/10. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

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