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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 »

Director:

Michel Deville

Writers:

Raymond Jean (novel), Rosalinde Deville (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miou-Miou ... Constance / Marie
Christian Ruché Christian Ruché ... Jean / Philippe
Sylvie Laporte Sylvie Laporte ... Françoise
Michel Raskine Michel Raskine ... L'homme de l'agence
Brigitte Catillon Brigitte Catillon ... La mère d'Éric
Régis Royer Régis Royer ... Éric
Simon Eine Simon Eine ... Le professeur d'hôpital
Christian Blanc Christian Blanc ... Le vieux maître de Marie
Marianne Denicourt ... Bella
María Casares ... La veuve du général (as Maria Casarès)
André Wilms ... L'homme de la rue Saint-Landry
Patrick Chesnais ... Le PDG
Clotilde de Bayser Clotilde de Bayser ... La mère de Coralie
Jean-Luc Boutté Jean-Luc Boutté ... Le commissaire de police
Bérangère Bonvoisin Bérangère Bonvoisin ... La mère de Joël
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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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She does more than read books.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reader See more »

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Gross USA:

$699,397
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Reader, I Dazzled Him
23 March 2005 | by writers_reignSee all my reviews

There's more than a little touch of Pirandello in the night about this entry in which a young woman, Constance, is not only reading a book entitled The Reader, to her husband in bed but also projects herself on to the eponymous character, Marie, and acts out either her own (Constance) fantasies or those of the fictional Marie or a combination of both. Given the task of carrying the film Miou-Miou is more than up to it and freshness is added by both the location, Arles, albeit little more than the picturesque narrow streets traversed by Marie between gigs, and the supporting cast, relatively unknown outside France though certainly well respected - especially Brigitte Catillon and Patrick Chesnais - within it. It's unquestionably a film that will divide opinion between those who will surrender to its whimsy, offbeat charm and dialogue and those who will denounce it as soft-porn with a press agent. As for me, I love Brigitte Catillon in anything.


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