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  • Actors: Miou Miou, Marianne Denicourt, Maria Casares, Patrick Chesnais, Regis Royer
  • Directors: Michel Deville
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Cest La Vie
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002YCYAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,878 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Romantic comedy with a 'story-within-a-story' structure, based on the novel by Raymond Jean. After reading a novel aloud to her lover, Constance (Miou Miou) is inspired by the story of the heroine, who advertises her services as a reader-aloud. Her new job leads to a variety of intriguing employers, some of whom become entangled within her own life - a storyline that is interspersed with readings from famous writers including Marquis de Sade, Tolstoy, Karl Marx, Lewis Carroll and Baudelaire. The film was awarded 'Best Feature' at the 1988 Montreal World Film Festival.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I.V. Creeper on 26 May 2011
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Saw this years ago late one evening on t.v and it stayed with me. worth every penny to see it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bluemoon on 11 Oct. 2014
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Excellent French language erotic DVD with a strong storyline. Arrived promptly. Thankyou
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mr a m cahill on 20 Oct. 2013
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excellent and speedy service of a well produced dvd .Brilliant acting and quality ofvision and sound .I will certainlylok for more of miou miou films.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hackney Reviewer on 9 Aug. 2010
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This is international cinema at its very best. It creates imaginations and then dares to live them. Beautifully done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An intriguing movie about the power of words 11 Dec. 2005
By Bomojaz - Published on Amazon.com
A baffling, funny, sexy - and unique movie about a young woman who advertises to be a reader and her encounters with her clients. It starts out with her in bed with her lover and at his request she begins reading a book to him, called LA LECTRICE (The Reader). As she reads it's obvious she becomes the character, and we join her in her exploits.

One "client" is a 15-year-old boy in a wheelchair who is full of adolescent love (sexual longing) for her; another is a man looking for sex; another an old blind woman infatuated with Communist Russia; another a little spoiled girl who'd rather go out and play than be read to; another an old retired judge who wants her to read Sade to him.

It doesn't sound like there could be anything promising in any of this, but some of the scenes are hilarious and much of what she chooses to read is sexy and erotic. The movie comes full circle with it ending as she finishes reading the book to her lover in bed. It's all of a piece, although there is no story line and some of the things that happen make no sense (the maid with the spiders, for instance). Technically it's interesting, too, with good fast cutting and the splicing of scenes together seamlessly. Different and fascinating, and all about the power of words (sort of).
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
French spoof dealing with one of the most serious problems 4 Mar. 2004
By cvairag - Published on Amazon.com
The gist of the story line is this: a beautiful, unemployed woman with no vocational training or professional credentials decides to "create her own business" by placing a classified ad in the local paper as a "reader", i.e., she will come to your home and read to you from the book of your choice for a fee. Of course, this offer opens up itself to all the consequences of the naivity and vulnerability implied, and therein the lighthearted farce. The comedy, however, is played off against more serious commentary, under-, or more generally, unstated: a rather brutal expose the inherent limitations in human relations created by our ongoing obsession with sex. This interfacing of the evidently silly, with the inescapably tragic is what gives a film a bit of bite. Mioux-Mioux is perfectly cast, her talent has never shown more brilliantly, and again proves the truth of Cezanne's claim that the beauty of women grows only more profound with age.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
La Lectrice 5 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This movie is like many French movies: wacky humor, political and philosophical references, and sexy. It's entertaining and amusing especially if you understand French and/or have read the books that la lectrice reads to her clients. Good if you like Miou Miou or French comedies.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
video order went well 18 Sept. 2005
By T. Landon - Published on Amazon.com
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The packaging on the tape was slightly beat up, but I guess that's to be expected with a 10 year old video from a video rental place. It played great and arrived promptly. I'd recommend buying from this seller
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An erotic trifle that is not exciting or amusing 9 Aug. 2012
By rwx - Published on Amazon.com
The movie raised great expectations in my mind because Miou-Miou was the main characters, and the first several scenes were amusing enough as the reader encounters some excentrics (esp. the general's widow and her maid). But the "reader" deteriorates into prostitute that caters to the deviant, kinky tastes of the clients, and i did not find that interesting or amusing (or exciting). Why would Miou-Miou lend her name (and body) to this failure of a movie?
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