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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.

Director:

Jacques Audiard

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Cassel ... Paul
Emmanuelle Devos ... Carla
Olivier Gourmet ... Marchand
Olivier Perrier ... Masson
Olivia Bonamy ... Annie
Bernard Alane ... Morel
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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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 »

Filming Locations:

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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 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 »

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 »

Connections

References Rear Window (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Make It Happen (Radio Edit)
(Trevor Jackshon / K Deconick / Kyra)
Performed by Playgroup
(c) Universal Music Publishing Ltd/Copyright control
With kind permission of Universal Music Projets Spéciaux
(p) 2000 Mawlaw 388 Ltd
With kind permission of Source/Virgin France
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A gripping character-driven psychodramatic caper flick
24 July 2003 | by =G=See all my reviews

"Read My Lips" tells of a strange symbiosis which develops between a plain, socially maladroit female office worker (Devos) and her workplace trainee, a crude excon (Casel). As the film fleshes out this unlikely duo down to their ids they become embroiled in a chilling merging of the minds, each using the other for their own selfish reasons with an extraordinary outcome. Good stuff for anyone into character-driven films with strong psychodramatic undercurrents. In French with easy to read subtitles and good translation. (B+)


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