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73 Ratings

La lectrice

Directed by Michel Deville
France, 1988
Comedy, Drama


A multi-faceted film based on Raymond Jean’s novel La Lectrice. Constance (Miou-Miou) reads the novel aloud in bed to her lover. Inspired by the story of Marie, a woman who advertises her services as a reader of literature, Constance decides to do the same.

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La lectrice Directed by Michel Deville

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

1989 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

César Awards

1989 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

1989 | 8 nominations including: Best Film

What are people saying?

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film La lectrice

    What metaphysics, self-reflexivity, & poetry Deville generates by way of form from this relatively uncomplicated narrative! Every stylistic gesture is dazzling & suggestive, while the literary citations only underscore the film's emotional conviction. Miou-Miou in a barely delineated dual-role, a woman discerning how multi-varied we all need to be in relation to others. Beethoven, Baudelaire, the intermediary spaces.

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