Read My Lips

Overview

A woman looking for love finds a man who leads her into a life of crime in this thriller. Carla Emmanuelle Devos is a woman in her mid-twenties who works as a secretary in a real estate office. More cute than pretty, Carla is shy by nature, and the fact that she has a hearing problem has made her all the more withdrawn. While she longs for a relationship with a man, she finds herself living vicariously through her friend Annie Olivia Bonamy, a single parent who dates often while Carla babysits her child. Carla ...
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Overview

A woman looking for love finds a man who leads her into a life of crime in this thriller. Carla Emmanuelle Devos is a woman in her mid-twenties who works as a secretary in a real estate office. More cute than pretty, Carla is shy by nature, and the fact that she has a hearing problem has made her all the more withdrawn. While she longs for a relationship with a man, she finds herself living vicariously through her friend Annie Olivia Bonamy, a single parent who dates often while Carla babysits her child. Carla makes the acquaintance of Paul Vincent Cassel, a rough-hewn small-time criminal who has just been released from prison on parole. While Carla ought to know better, she finds herself strongly attracted to Paul, and Paul responds in kind. But before long, it becomes obvious that Paul is having an influence on Carla's normally stable nature; eager to get even with a co-worker who had wronged her, Carla persuades Paul to steal one of her company's files, which makes things more than a bit difficult for Carla's rival. Carla and Paul's actions go from malicious to seriously criminal when Paul hatches a scheme to rob a nightclub owner to whom he owes money -- a scheme that involves Carla's keen skill as a lip reader.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
Read My Lips has one problem in that its protagonist, Carla (Emmanuelle Devos), is supposed to be a deaf, desperate, and plain-looking office worker who everyone feels sorry for. Though she's dressed in frumpy clothes through most of the movie, Carla is attractive even by French film standards. The constant insults about her looks from friend and stranger alike are unbelievable. Other than that, Read My Lips is medium-paced thriller that gets more and more involving as Carla's edgy work and crime relationship with Paul (Vincent Cassel) involves a robbery scam. What she anticipates is going to be a date turns out to be anything but. A side plot about Paul's parole officer whose wife is missing serves only as a distraction from the story. However, Cassel's performance is dead-on as the lowlife, small-time crook with little in the way of charm.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • UPC: 043396011984
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vincent Cassel Paul Angeli
Emmanuelle Devos Carla Behm
Olivier Gourmet Marchand
Olivia Bonamy Annie
Olivier Perrier Masson
Bernard Alane Morel
Cecile Samie Josie Marchand
David Saracino Richard Carambo
Christophe Vandevelde Louis Carambo
Pierre Diot Keller
Serge Boutleroff Mammouth
Technical Credits
Jacques Audiard Director, Screenwriter
Tonino Benacquista Screenwriter
Philippe Carcassonne Producer
Alexandre Desplat Score Composer
Jean-Louis Livi Producer
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