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Read My Lips (2001)

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A movie directed by Jacques Audiard

Workplace dramas seem to have become a French specialty, and Jacques Audiard'sRead My Lips("Sur mes levres") proves a worthy follow-up to such notable predecessors in the genre asHuman ResourcesandTime Out("L'Emploi du temps"). The film also nods towards … see full wiki

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Flawless Sight and Sound

  • Nov 5, 2003
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READ MY LIPS -- an Official Selection to the 2002 Berlin International Film Festival, 2001 Toronto International Film Festival, 2002 Rendezvous with French Cinema, and the 2002 San Francisco International Film Festival -- is nothing short of flawless.

Carla Behm (Emmanuelle Devos) plays a frumpy-looking administrative assistant to a real estate development firm, always relegated to second place due to near-deafness which requires her to wear hearing aids. The object of constant ridicule, she spends her work days mildly obsessed with reading the lips of her coworkers ... only to be driven further into seclusion by the nasty things they say about her.

Paul Angeli (Vincent Cassel) is an ex-con who lies in order to obtain a position under her supervision -- the parameters of his parole require that he work ... and, through a curious set of circumstances, the two find an undercurrent of attraction to each other that neither is willing to act upon.

However, when the two discover that their mutual gifts -- her reading of lips and his planning of the perfect heist -- can suit one another's needs, their relationship takes a wealth of Hitchcockian turns until they find themselves fighting for their lives ... and fighting for one another's heart.

A truly wonderful film, READ MY LIPS should be 'read' by all.

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