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Read My Lips

Read My Lips

A Feature film by Jacques Audiard

Produced by Ciné B, Societé d'Exploitation et de Distribution de Films (SEDIF)

Release in France : 17/10/2001

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Carla Bhem has worked as a secretary for a property development company for a long time. Her job, basically, is everything : from handling files and answering the phone to drafting estimates and dealing with suppliers. First to arrive in the morning, last out at night. For that, she gets paid like a serf, treated like mud and ordered around like a dog.
Carla has had enough. She thinks she deserves better. Only trouble is, in a male-dominated society, what hope is there for a 35-year-old woman with a so-so physique and a hearing aid in both ears?
The solution's name is Paul Angeli, the new trainee she manages to have hired.
Paul is 25 years old and completely unskilled in property development - in fact, he's clueless. But he has other qualities: he's a thief, fresh out of jail, and what's more he's good-looking.
As the saying goes, "It takes two to tango". She teaches him good manners and he teaches her bad ones.
The first results are instantly encouraging.

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Full credits (20)

Executive Producers :

Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi

Line Producers :

Jean-Louis Nieuwbourg, Bernard Marescot

Director of Photography :

Mathieu Vadepied

Sound Assistant :

Matthieu Bricout

Production Manager :

Jean-Louis Nieuwbourg

Editor :

Juliette Welfling

Continuity supervisor :

Nathalie Vierny

Music Composer :

Alexandre Desplat

Costume designer :

Virginie Montel

Still Photographer :

Jean-Marie Leroy

Assistant directors :

Fabrice Nordmann, Serge Onteniente

Screenwriters :

Jacques Audiard, Tonino Benacquista

Sound Recordist :

Marc-Antoine Beldent

Assistant Operators :

Pénélope Pourriat, Vincent Plaidy

Press Attaché (film) :

Marie-Christine Damiens

Sound editors :

Pascal Villard, Gaël Nicolas

Production Designer :

Michel Barthélémy

Casting :

Richard Rousseau

Sound Mixer :

Cyril Holtz

Location Manager :

Michaël Ermogeni

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Feature film

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100% French (France)

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1 h 55 min

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Dolby SRD

Posters (2)


News (9)

Festival Selections (17)

European Film Awards - 2002

European Film Awards (Germany, 2002)


European Screenwriter

French Film Tour in Mexico - 2002

French Film Tour in Mexico (Mexico, 2002)


Official Selection

Cairo - International Film Festival - 2002

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 2002)


Festival of festivals

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2002

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2002)

Selection (9)

Best Sound : Marc-Antoine Beldent, Cyril Holtz, Pascal Villard

Best Cinematography : Mathieu Vadepied

Best Screenplay (Original or Adapted) : Jacques Audiard, Tonino Benacquista

Best Editing : Juliette Welfling

Best Original Music : Alexandre Desplat

Best Actor : Vincent Cassel

Best Actress : Emmanuelle Devos

Best Director : Jacques Audiard

Best Film

TIFF - 2001

TIFF (Canada, 2001)


Official Selection


Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - 2002

Cesar Awards - French film industry awards (France, 2002)

Awards (3)

César award for best sound : Marc-Antoine Beldent, Cyril Holtz, Pascal Villard

César Award for best writing : Michel Audiard, Tonino Benacquista

Cesar Award for Best Actress : Emmanuelle Devos

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