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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


    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.

    Actors (18)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

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

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Pathé Films

    Co-productions :

    Pathé Production, France 2 Cinéma, F Comme Film

    French distribution :

    Pathé Films

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    International releases (29)

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    Photos (5)

    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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    Runtime :

    1 h 55 min

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    Dolby SRD

    Posters (2)


    News (9)

    Festival Selections (17)

    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 Film

    Best Director : Jacques Audiard

    Best Cinematography : Mathieu Vadepied

    Best Actress : Emmanuelle Devos

    Best Original Music : Alexandre Desplat

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

    Best Editing : Juliette Welfling

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

    Best Actor : Vincent Cassel

    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 Actress : Emmanuelle Devos

    César Award for Best Original or Adapted Screenplay : Michel Audiard, Tonino Benacquista

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

    Delegations (4)