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Read My Lips (2002)

Read My Lips (2002)



Critic Consensus: A clever and offbeat character study about two people discovering each other.

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Young secretary Carla is a long-time employee of a property development company. Loyal and hardworking, first to arrive and last to leave, Carla is beginning to chafe at the limitations of her career and is looking to move up. But as a 35-five-year-old woman with a hearing deficiency, she is not sure how to climb out of her humdrum life, though she is confident in her own abilities. Into her life comes Paul Angeli, a new trainee she decides to hire. Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled, but Carla covers for him when the need arises because of his other qualities - he's a thief, fresh out of jail and very good-looking. It's a case of good meeting bad.
R (for language, violence and some sexual content)
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Olivier Gourmet
as Marchand
Cecile Samie
as Josie Marchand
Pierre Diot
as Keller
François Loriquet
as Jean-Francois
Serge Boutleroff
as Mammouth
David Saracino
as Richard Carambo
Christophe Van de Velde
as Louis Carambo
Loic Le Page
as Quentin
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Critic Reviews for Read My Lips

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (28)

Audiard has created one of those rare, commercially released movies that trades in actual, honest-to-god surprise.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Having changed into action gear, the picture never looks back, leaving two people who seemed wonderfully unique to do things that are cinematically trite.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

See it now, before the inevitable Hollywood remake flattens out all its odd, intriguing wrinkles.

September 20, 2002
Miami Herald
Top Critic

It's neither as romantic nor as thrilling as it should be. But it offers plenty to ponder and chew on as its unusual relationship slowly unfolds.

September 5, 2002
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Thoughtful, provocative and entertaining.

August 9, 2002
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's erotic, suspenseful and built around two surprising characters. Even better, it doesn't feel like every other thriller we've ever seen.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Read My Lips


Carla is a deaf secretary in a property firm. Overworked and bullied by her male colleagues, she is asked to take on an assistant to help with her workload. Carla is insulted, but agrees and employs ex-con Paul. He's inexperienced, knowing only the life of a petty criminal, but Carla covers for him and gets him a place to stay away from the hostel he has been placed in. In exchange for her kindness, Paul agrees to help Carla gain revenge on her male bullies, progressing her career and status in the company. When it comes time to repay the debt, Carla is dragged into the criminal underworld where she joins forces with Paul to rob a local loan shark. This is a clever character study of two very different people thrown together and how they react with each other. Emmanuelle Devos gives a great performance and subtly conveys Carla's outsider status. Great sound design showing her audio perspective as she tunes in and out of the real world. Cassel shows Paul to be the chancer he is belying confidence and machismo. Once again a great twisting tale from Jacques Audiard directing a film that shifts from one theme to another quite seamlessly. One minute corporate espionage, next a romance, next a heist film. With this many facets, it would be easy for the film to get lost in identity, but it never does thanks to the intriguing leads. Encore bravo Jacques. Yet to find a film of his I don't like.

Graham Beilby
Graham Beilby

Great performances all around and a slow second act (and thriller typical third act) away from being an amazing character piece.

Patrick Young
Patrick Young

I really loved this movie, a beautiful yet gritty romance/thriller. One of the best movies I have seen lately. Both Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos gave astounding performances. Since I have now seen all of Jacques Audiard's work, it is safe to stay that this is his masterpiece, with "A Prophet" tailing close behind.

Kyle S
Kyle S

Super Reviewer

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