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Read My Lips (2001)

Sur mes lèvres (original title)
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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Jacques Audiard

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Paul
Emmanuelle Devos ... Carla
Olivier Gourmet ... Marchand
Olivier Perrier Olivier Perrier ... Masson
Olivia Bonamy ... Annie
Bernard Alane ... Morel
Céline Samie Céline Samie ... Josie
Pierre Diot Pierre Diot ... Keller
François Loriquet François Loriquet ... Jean-François
Serge Onteniente Serge Onteniente ... Mammouth (as Serge Boutleroff)
David Saracino David Saracino ... Richard Carambo
Christophe Vandevelde Christophe Vandevelde ... Louis Carambo
Bô Gaultier de Kermoal Bô Gaultier de Kermoal ... Le Barman
Loïc Le Page Loïc Le Page ... Quentin
Nathalie Lacroix Nathalie Lacroix ... L'Employée ANPE
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Storyline

Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a maryam property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, but Carla covers for him when the need arises because of his other qualities - he's a thief, fresh out of jail and very good-looking. It's a case of good meeting bad. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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She teaches him good manners. He teaches her bad ones. See more »


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Rated R for language, violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 July 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Read My Lips See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FRF 49,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$909,354 (France), 19 October 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,080, 7 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,359,133, 1 December 2002
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

UK distributor Pathe changed the subtitles (the film was only shown in its original French version with subtitles) to remove two uses of very strong language in order to qualify for a 15 rating. An uncut 18 was available. See more »

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References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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A Breath of French Air
30 July 2006 | by jandcmcqSee all my reviews

This was one of the DVD's I recently bought in a set of six called "Frenchfilm" to brush up our French before our planned holiday in beautiful Provence this year. So far, as well as improving our French we have considerably enhanced our appreciation of French cinema.

What a breath of fresh air to the stale, predictable, unimaginative, crash bang wallop drivel being churned out by Hollywood. What a good example for screenplay writers, actors, directors and cinematographers to follow. It was so stimulating also to see two identifiable characters in the lead roles without them having to be glossy magazine cover figures.

The other thing I liked about this film was the slow character and plot build up which kept you guessing as to how it was all going to end. Is there any real good in this selfish thug who continually treats his seemingly naïve benefactor with the type of contempt that an ex-con would display? Will our sexually frustrated poor little half deaf heroine prove herself to the answer to her dreams and the situation that fate has bestowed upon her? The viewer is intrigued by these questions and the actors unravel the answers slowly and convincingly as they face events that challenge and shape their feeling towards each other.

Once you have seen this film, like me you may want to see it again. I still have to work out the director's psychological motive for the sub plot in the role of the parole officer and some of the subtle nuances of camera work are worth a second look. The plot does ask for a little imagination when our hero is given a chance to assist our misused and overworked heroine in the office. You must also be broad minded to believe in her brilliant lip reading and how some of the action falls into place. But if you go along for the thrilling ride with this example of French cinema at its best you will come out more than satisfied. Four stars out of five for me.


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