La Lectrice

Miou-Miou works as a professional reader in a French comedy directed by Michel Deville, adapted from two books by Raymond Jean. Lots of not very whimsical whimsy and not very erotic eroticism make up the bulk of this minor effort, which pivots around the various eccentricities, desires, and imaginations of the heroine’s various clients, who include an invalid (Regis Royer), a general’s widow (Maria Casares), and a businessman (Patrick Chesnais). This is Deville’s 24th feature; every once in a while he turns out an interesting film (e.g. Le paltoquet), but this isn’t one of them (1989). (JR)

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