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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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Awards:
7 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
An Engrossingly Original French Thriller 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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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:
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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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
An Engrossingly Original French Thriller, 10 April 2004

I settled back to watch "Read My Lips," a plate of Freedom Fries before me. The food was quickly forgotten as I became engrossed by director and co-writer Jacques Audiard's original and superb thriller.

Carla (Emmanuelle Devos) is a secretary at a firm that develops major building projects. She actually has some significant responsibilities that don't often fall to secretaries and she's capable and ambitious. And thwarted by a male hierarchy that will exploit but not reward her.

Work piling up faster than she can handle it, Carla is told to hire a secretary. Enter ex-con and general layabout Paul (Vincent Cassel). He lies about his skills and in fact has none that any legitimate enterprise might require. After an initial serious misunderstanding by Paul as to Carla's interest in him, the two become allies. A quirky friendship starts. In a stunt that would have made a real Carla a major contender on "The Apprentice," she trumps her egotistic male adversary at work with Paul's connivance. Exit the rival.

Carla is virtually deaf without her hearing aid. With it she hears almost normally. She turns the hearing aid off to isolate herself from unpleasant sounds and annoying people. She's also very lonely. A heroic makeup effort was made to have her appear plain but she's truly beautiful. She hasn't a boyfriend. She babysits so a friend can have a liaison (it IS a French movie) Worse and humiliatingly, she accedes to a girlfriend's plea that she hang out somewhere while that married friend has it off with her paramour in Carla's bed. Not nice.

As Carla and Paul get to know each other better, the barely repressed larcenous side of the not so former felon emerges. There's a side story, by the way, of Paul's relationship with his parole officer which neatly complements the main plot and has its own big surprise ending.

"Read My Lips?" Ingenious Paul recognizes that Carla's ability to read lips, even from a considerable distance, is more than the amusing parlor trick it first seems to be.

From there a caper develops. Enough said.

Paul and Carla are a true criminal oddball couple. She wants love but will also accept money. He wants her, sort of, but business must come before possible erotic satiation. Together Cassel and Devos are strong actors carrying an unusual crime tale to its end very convincingly.

Rent it or buy it but if you enjoy a good crime story you'll go for "Read My Lips." And you may well want to watch it several times: I do.

9/10

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