Read My Lips 2001

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Finding that she needs an assistant, hearing-impaired office worker Carla Bhem (Emmanuelle Devos) hires 26-year-old ex-con Paul Angeli (Vincent Cassel) from the local employment agency. After helping him get started and finding him a place to live, Carla then asks Paul to steal some documents from a fellow colleague so that she can humiliate the colleague at the next group meeting. Soon however, Paul's debts force him to give up working at the office and take a job with small-time gangster Marchand (Olivier Gourmet) instead. But Paul's alliance with Carla continues, and using her lip-reading skills, the two of them begin plotting to rob Marchand.

Starring:
Cecile Samie, Bernard Alane
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 53 minutes
Starring Cecile Samie, Bernard Alane, Olivier Gourmet, Vincent Cassel, Olivia Bonamy, Olivier Perrier, Emmanuelle Devos
Director Jacques Audiard
Genres Thriller
Studio ELEVATION
Rental release 6 September 2010
Main languages French
Subtitles English

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
Terrific character study/thriller about plain looking deaf business woman and her involvement
with a sexy small time gangster.

Quirky, extremely tense in an Hitchcockian way, and very well acted by the two leads,
as well as being beautifully shot. It also has moments of dark humor and real humanity.

This may not be deep entertainment (although it has its share of themes and ideas), but it
is way more intelligent and involving than almost any of the thrillers made nowadays.

As far as I can find out, this Australian release is the same transfer as the UK version.
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Stranik on 24 May 2007
Format: DVD
Carla works for a property developer's where she excels in being unattractive, unappreciated and desperate. She is also deaf.

Her boss offers to hire in somebody to alleviate her heavy workload so she uses the opportunity to secure herself some male company. Help arrives in the form of Paul, a tattooed hoodlum fresh out of prison and clearly unsuited to the mannered routine of an office environment.

An implicit sexual tension develops between the two of them and Carla is determined to keep him on despite his reluctance to embrace the working week. When Carla is edged out of an important contract she was negotiating by a slimy colleague she exploits Paul's criminality by having him steal the contract back. The colleague quickly realises that she's behind the robbery, but when he confronts her, Paul's readiness to punch people in the face comes in handy too - but this thuggery comes at a price.

Paul is given a `going over' by some mob acquaintances as a reminder about an unpaid debt. He formulates a plan which utilises Carla's unique lip reading abilities to rip-off a gang of violent bank robbers. It's now Carla's turn to enter a frightening new world.

The fourth feature from director Jacques Audiard, `READ MY LIPS' begins as a thoroughly engaging romantic drama between two marginalised losers only to shift gears halfway through into an edgy thriller where their symbiotic shortcomings turn them into winners. The leads are excellent; effortlessly convincing us that this odd couple could really connect. Carla's first meeting with Paul is an enjoyable farce in which she attempts to circumnavigate his surly reticence and jailbird manners only to discover that he was, until very recently, a jailbird.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pedro - Scotland on 3 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I thought this was a good french film that, whilst it had a share of brutality, this was inevitable in view of the nature of the plot and the type of crimminal element involved - any softer version would not have been credible. The main characters, whilst not beautiful people, were outstanding and carried the film with great panache - i enjoyed it although I was lost at times with what the minor characters were up to.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sweary on 7 Sept. 2005
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Amazing, thrilling, beautiful, insighful... there really aren't enough adjectives to describe what a joy this movie is.
A thriller with a heart, with characters both immoral and loveable, Read My Lips is a film everyone with a passing interst in cimena should see. This is how urban stories should be told, with equal passion and compassion, with edge of the seat nail-biting, with the occasional teary sniff. Both leads are utterly astounding, and the chemistry between them crackles off the screen. Probably my favourite film; I bought it approximately ten minutes after the credits rolled on my rental DVD!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By David T. Lesser on 7 Mar. 2004
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'Read My Lips'is fantastic! This odd, but compelling, thriller benefits from exceptional performances by the two principals, especially from Emmanuelle Devos, who manages to be victimised, intelligent, frumpish and sexy all at the same time.
The action is tense and unpredictable, and the developing love story, as the two maladjusted characters begin to support each other, is touching without being sickly.
French film at its best!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. J. Williams on 12 Dec. 2007
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this is a great, very clever and intelligent film, quite pacey and always getting to its point! well worth the money too.
the two main characters come together through there different needs and despite there less than honourable intentions towards each other soon realise they need each other.
turning diss-advantage to advantage on both sides
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well acted
glamorizes crime?
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this was an intriguing story and it retained my interest through out,at this low price well worth the money terry
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