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Little White Lies Reviews

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Super Reviewer
½ November 20, 2010
With a first-rate cast and great soundtrack, this is a compelling film that already begins with an impressive long take. Warm and funny, though with a maudlin conclusion that almost ruins it, it is centered on a group of characters who are flawed and entirely human - like they should be.
June 2, 2015
Guillaume Canet's ode to The Big Chill has some funny, touching moments, but it's 154 minutes long..... Why? No idea. It's just completely unnecessary to make a film this long. My other problem with Little White Lies is we're supposed to care about a group of friends who decide to go on vacation when one of their friends (Jean Dujardin) is stuck in a hospital bed after being nearly killed in a motorcycle accident. Some friends they are....
½ April 11, 2015
Not a bad movie, but with a cast like this one would expect a great deal more than what is delivered.
October 18, 2014
Splendide (you have to be at least a little French to relate to the ambiance and message)
½ September 19, 2014
2.5 hours of histrionic people sitting around drinking wine and sleeping with each other, then a sad part at the end? Yep, it's a French film alright!
½ August 25, 2014
Friendship has never been so compelling a subject as it is in this movie.
½ April 9, 2013
Great drama with the perfect amount of humor. Canet's shows us that he can write and direct comedies in the future based on the few but hilarious scenes of Little White Lies. The cast also gathers one of the best french actors that we have nowadays and they manage to build an intense and powerful connection between their characters on screen. The only problem with the movie is the length. It takes too long to finally begin and too long to finish. But it's a nice story to follow so you won't be that bored.
Super Reviewer
½ June 27, 2014
"Little White Lies" starts with Ludo(Jean Dujardin) ending his night of wild partying by being hit by a truck while riding his scooter. That gives their friends pause in making their vacation plans. In the meantime, Marie(Marion Cotillard) kicks Franck(Maxim Nucci) out of her apartment after they have sex because she can only watch movies alone, just as Eric(Gilles Lellouche) shows up from his own disastrous date. And then Vincent(Benoit Magimel) tells Max(Francois Cluzet) how he really feels about him.

"Little White Lies" has a couple of early moments of sheer gay panic from which it never quite recovers over its epic length. In fact, one such turns into a running joke over the length of the film. Otherwise, this resembles nothing more than a banal three episodes of a dramedy television series. And as much fun as it is to watch the likes of Francois Cluzet and Marion Cotillard act, this hardly makes up for any of that.

That's probably because you are not in good company. Basically, we're talking about a group of self-involved characters with boundary issues. But they are not responsible for taking care of Ludo for which they are called out on.(I mean, does he have any family, a friendly drug dealer, a prostitute with a heart of gold or any other cliche to take care of him?) In any case, I don't know what these chracters have in common as they come from different classes and ages. For example, who brings their massage therapist on vacation unless it is for sex?
May 22, 2014
a french 'the big chill' without kevin costner in that coffin!
December 29, 2013
not enough Jean Dujardin
November 22, 2013
Canet and his star-studded cast create a lively atmosphere that more than makes up for the film's narrative flaws
October 20, 2013
Friends love, fights, sadness..and loyalty are always tie together.
October 13, 2013
A grp of friends dealing with a friend who was in an accident...and what happens as they go on vacation...while their friend is in the hits and misses...has some good "heart-felt" moments...
March 22, 2013
Les Petits Mouchoirs is an incredible film, with excellent direction from Guillaume Canet as well as an amazing performance from the beautiful Marion Cotillard, all add up to become a sensational film with an impeccable story and touching characters, I recommend it. 4/5.
½ August 12, 2013
Es una gran película, pero tal vez demasiado larga.
½ April 28, 2012
Love these French movies but must agree with Laura Kern (see below-Film Comment Magazine).
August 8, 2013
Worth every minute. Trailer does no justice.
July 31, 2013
Très français, axé sur le huis-clos, les dialogues, les tensions et relations entre les personnages. Malheureusement trop long - aurait pu être resserré pour alléger cette impression de complaisance, de vouloir faire parader le plus longtemps possible à l'écran la distribution de choix.
½ July 29, 2013
I loved this despite finding some of the subtitles were whipped away a little too quickly for me to fully digest what was being said. The movie has a strange opening in which a group of friends decide to go on an annual holiday despite one of their number being seriously injured and on life support in a Paris hospital. During the holiday, the insecurities and doubts amongst the group begin to surface leading to a tense and far from relaxing few days in the sun. It's a wonderfully observed character study with some amusing, blackly comic moments as well as more poignant and touching incidents. Marion Cotillard is simply enchanting as Marie and Gilles Lellouche provides a likeable rogue as Eric. Some of the funniest moments come from the wealthy, uptight Max played by Francoise Cluzet who resents the fact that his friends use him to bankroll their good times and yet needs to display his wealth in order to gain a sense of superiority. Every member of the cast has their moment and individual plot line but the movie never seems crowded and each feels rounded and true to life. It a warm and affectionate tale, typically Gallic in that much of the action takes place at the dining table over a glass or two of red wine, or is accompanied by clouds of cigarette smoke. A great movie about friends, relationships and the seemingly innocent lies people tell each other and themselves which can ultimately have consequences that can put such matters into question.
Super Reviewer
½ July 14, 2013
While one of their members is ailing, a group of friends proceeds with their yearly vacation.
This film is a modern French version of The Big Chill. One can even draw one-to-one comparisons between the characters: Francois Cluzet's character = Kevin Kline's character, Jean Dujardin's character = Kevin Costner's character, Marion Cotillard's character = a combination of Meg Tilly's and Mary Kay Place's characters. It even has many of the same songs. It's okay to imitate, especially when a film is imitating one of the best, and The Big Chill is a superior film. But there are two important aspects of comparison that I consider relevant to evaluating Little White Lies. First, The Big Chill's characters could be reduced to types, but by the end of the film, the individual qualities of these character cause them to rise above the cliche type: the philosophical justifications behind Jeff Goldblum's character make him more interesting than the horny guy type. The same is true with Little White Lies; the scene outside Lea's apartment in Paris makes Gilles Lillouche's character more interesting than his horny guy type. This is where the French version succeeds, but The Big Chill, in addition to being an interesting film in itself, it's also a cultural critique, capturing the ennui and disappointment and failures of the Baby Boomer generation. It may be that Little White Lies makes a similar cultural critique for French audiences, but it doesn't translate, and including the sixties nostalgia songs that graced The Big Chill only serves to muddy the film's message.
Overall, this is a strong film with excellent performances and esprit de corps, but the film's larger context makes it less than its idols.
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