Read My Lips As Carla, a brown smudge of a partially deaf secretary in this expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller, Emmanuelle Devos is the precise opposite of Stacy… Read My Lips As Carla, a brown smudge of a partially deaf secretary in this expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller, Emmanuelle Devos is the precise opposite of Stacy… 2002-07-05 Unrated PT115M Mystery and Thriller Vincent Cassel Emmanuelle Devos Olivier Gourmet Olivier Perrier Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

READ MY LIPS (2002)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Limited Release: Jul 05, 2002; Rated: Unrated; Length: 115 Minutes; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

As Carla, a brown smudge of a partially deaf secretary in this expertly sinister, office-as-devil's-playground French thriller, 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 Cesar 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.

Originally posted Jul 19, 2002 Published in issue #663 Jul 19, 2002 Order article reprints
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