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Little White Lies
Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they've been telling each other.
Not one of the characters in Guillaume Canet's Les Petits Mouchoirs is perfect by any means, not unlike someone you'd know in real life. No, they are a group of at times annoying, overly controlling, depressed and insecure people who can't stand and at the same time can't be apart of their group of friends.
One of the close knit yet troubled friend group has gotten into a serious accident just before their annual vacation in Max's (Cluzet) vacation home in the South of France. The group decided to shorten the retreat but otherwise go ahead with it anyway as there isn't any sign that their friend will see any change in his condition during this period. As they are…
Les Petits Mouchoirs opens with a strikingly long one-take sequence (or actually two takes, but well enough camouflaged) in which we discover the hollow existence of Ludo, a man who spends his life in nightclubs doing drugs and kissing random women. It is a beautifully photographed scene, with stunning camera-movements and an impressive flush, which sets the aim high in terms of cinematography and dramatic punch. In a way, both of these aspects are recurrent throughout the film, but neither are consistent enough to save it.
For this scene, even though it is the cause for everything that comes afterwards, is highly antithetic and slightly pathetic. You see, later on we are told by Ludo’s best friends how he is…
I have no idea why this film didn’t fare better with the critics because it's one of the best films I’ve seen this year. The characters were engaging and the screenplay is superb. All of the performances are uniformly terrific and the film itself is both emotionally resonant and hilarious.
While some have complained about the films 2hr. and 30 min. running time, I never noticed it because the story and the characters were gripping from beginning to end. Highly recommended.
There are films that run a little long, and then there's Little White Lies. Dear god this movie is long. Usually a run time reserved for epics, instead this failed dramedy trudges along to an amazing 2 and a half hour run time. Brutal.
That being said, it's not awful. It has some genuinely funny scenes but the drama here is a bit deserving of ridicule. For the most part, the film consists of a collection of self-entitled douchebags whining about their petty problems and behaving like children. The end tries to rectify everything, but fails. It's no doubt emotional, but also extremely manipulative and not earned in the slightest.
In a way, this needed to be a 90-minute comedy.…
Holey Moley. It may be two and a half hours but you won't see another French film for a while that squeezes so much emotion out of you. This is one of those that washes over you as you are immersed in the lives of friends who go on holiday together each year.
The acting is incredible. The characters are well written and the story keeps you engrossed til the very last moment when the picture freezes.
If you are not impressed with this film then I can't be impressed with you...
I LOVE THIS FILM.
From the opening shot, I was riveted.
Every frame, every moment, every character demanded my attention.
This film gave me a feeling of floating as I watched it.
It left me with a cinematic high.
I never wanted it to end.
Unos personajes cercanos y bien construidos van dibujando las pequeñas cosas de la vida por las que vale la pena vivir.
El (gran) problema es que no es necesario para nada dotar de una duración de dos horas y media cuando con algo menos de dos habría contado lo mismo sin acercarse peligrosamente al hastío.
Les petits mouchoirs / Little White Lies (Guillaume Canet, 2010) 7/10
Director Guillaume Canet takes his cue from Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and weaves this leisurely tale about a group of thirty & fortysomething friends who, in the wake of dear friend Ludo's (Jean Dujardin) terrible accident, contemplate life with all it's wondrous moments along with it's follies and lies. The friends descend on Cap Ferret on their annual ritualistic vacation at the home of rich Max (François Cluzet) and his wife's (Valérie Bonneton - Cesar nominated) beachside home. All of them are dealing with life's problems: Max is enraged when Vincent (Benoît Magimel), his close married friend, professes that he has a crush on him. Marie (Marion Cotillard), a…
Roteiro incrível e uma trilha sonora imbatível!
It's like that Beach House episode from season 3 of GIRLS except in French and with older people.
Marion Cotillard is amazing as usual but I thought all the performances were quite good. The songs were a little heavy handed but it still got to me because it's easy for me to be emotionally manipulated.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Big Chill remake in French with English music soundtrack
A few good jokes and a strong beginning but overall long, predictable and sappy with cheesy musical choices.
Lengthy, but solid.
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