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Read My Lips

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Emmanuelle Devos, Read My Lips
Read My Lips: Jean-Marie Leroy

Read My Lips

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
115 minutes
Limited Release Date:
07/05/02
performer:
Vincent Cassel, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Olivier Perrier
director:
Jacques Audiard
distributor:
Magnolia Pictures
author:
66398, 79718
genre:
Mystery and Thriller

We gave it an A-

As Carla, a brown smudge of a partially deaf secretary in this expertly sinister, office-as-devil’s-playground French thriller, Read My Lips, Emmanuelle Devos is the precise opposite of Stacy Edwards as the darkly attractive, hearing-impaired target of male mischief in ”In the Company of Men.” Devos (who won a César for her performance) looks truly mousy while conveying private, sullen fury; her everyday, oppressive working conditions (captured by director Jacques Audiard with slicing economy) are identifiably ordinary; and the escape she finds from her average misery is truly shocking, the opposite of victimhood. First she turns down her hearing aids to manage her rage. Then she hires a grimy ex-con (experienced thug-player Vincent Cassel) as her assistant. He can rob, she can lip-read, and Audiard contrasts their complementary skills and weaknesses (they’re both clumsy and wary of intimacy) with real originality. The attraction between these two marginal characters is complex from the start — and, refreshingly, stays that way.

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