La Lectrice ★★½ The Reader 1988 (R)
Artesian landscapes, Beethoven sonatas, and a Raymond Jean novel titled “La Lectrice” provide the backdrop for Constance (Miou-Miou) to read aloud to her boyfriend in bed, and from there she imagines herself the novel's heroine, who hires out her services as a reader to various odd characters. She reads from “L'Amant,” “Alice,” “War and Peace,” and “Les Fleurs du Mal.” Richly textured and not overly intellectual. In French with English subtitles. 98m/C VHS . FR Miou-Miou, Christian Ruche, Sylvie Laporte, Michael Raskine, Brigitte Catillon, Regis Royer, Maria Casares, Pierre Dux, Patrick Chesnais; D: Michel DeVille; W: Rosalinde DeVille, Michel DeVille. Cesar '89: Support. Actor (Chesnais); Montreal World Film Fest. '88: Film.