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La lectrice (1988)

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:

R | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$699,397
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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A Boring Movie for a Very Specific Public
11 July 2003 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

This low budget French movie is not bad. However, it is highly recommended for a very specific public only, especially those involved in and fans of literature. Marie (Miou-Miou) is in bed with her mate reading a book. There, she fantasizes being the character Constance, a woman who offers her services in reading books for peculiar costumers. The story is so flat, the soundtrack is monotonous and even the genre of this movie is difficult to be defined. Is it a romance, a drama, a comedy, art-movie? I respect the viewers who enjoyed it, but for common public this movie is boring. Better off reading the novel. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Uma Leitora Bem Particular" ("A Reader Very Private")


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