Little White Lies Reviews
June 9, 2013
I can see this getting a Hollywood makeover with people like Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson and Katherine Heigl occupying a few of the central roles. The frustrating thing about Little White Lies is that there does seem to be a great film in here, only at two and a half hours it spreads itself too thinly. Cluzet and Cotillard stand out in a strong cast but really the problems aren't with the performances. At times this straddles drama and comedy quite seamlessly but at others the transition is uncomfortable at best and by the end it becomes way too sentimental to ring true. This is an admirable effort but it falls short of its ambition.
October 20, 2010
"Les petits mouchoirs"****: Un grand film sur l'amitiÃ (C) !! C'est drÃ´le, frais, touchant !!! On fait presque parti de la bande !! Chapeau Ã la troupe d'acteurs, tous excellents !!! Une rÃ (C)ussite !!!!!!!!
May 26, 2013
Little White Lies is a French "Big Chill"-type of movie where a bunch of long time friends go on their annual vacation despite one in the group being seriously injured in a scooter incident (it's France).
This film is sooooo long. It's two and a half hours of people just talking and having emotions. I had to take breaks for coffee periodically. I really enjoy French culture and especially it's cinema, but this movie just did not work on multiple levels for me. The stories were mostly uninteresting despite having a great ensemble cast. Everyone just came off as selfish and pretty unlikable.
PS: The music cues are sort of awful. Too on the button and all like American classic rock songs, so it makes the whole ambiance of the film feel strange.
May 19, 2013
(May 2013) Casts are awesome, and the scenery is beautiful, but the story is a bit stupid (an important person in a group got critically injured and the rest of the group decided to take a long vacation, enjoying food, wines, water activities?). I guess it's a kind of movie in which you enjoy watching how good actors interact and beautiful vacation in Southern France. Finally, it's too long, like not-well-planned vacation.
April 21, 2013
After watching "Les Petits Mouchoirs", I should probably warn you that it's a journey. Clocking at about two-and-a-half hours with mostly just talking, some will like it, and some will hate it. Personally, I liked it, even though it's far from flawless. If there were ever such thing as the perfect French ensemble, this film has it. With Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet, two of France's top actors, in leading roles, and a supporting character played by Jean Dujardin (although he isn't in it too often), I never dreamed something like this would ever happen. Yet here it is.
The film begins with Ludo (Dujardin) partying all night long, hopping on his motorcycle to go home, and then getting hit by a truck. His large group of friends, all close for over a decade, become worried sick-- yet none of them can seem to sacrifice a beach vacation that Max (Cluzet) and his wife (Valérie Bonneton) offer every year.
We don't think much of this-- after all, all of the friends seem like nice enough people, and as soon as we get a look at the beach house and the view, we're sucked in too. But it's a problem.
These friends have had such long, complex relationships that they can't seem to tell each other their true feelings, and so basically, everyone's lying to each other. Marie (Cotillard) still has feelings for Ludo; Vincent (Benoît Magimel), who's married with two kids, can't help but tell Max that he has a crush on him; Eric (Gilles Lellouche) is dumped by his girlfriend but is too embarrassed to share; and Antoine (Laurent Lafitte) asks his friends for advice on how to win his girlfriend back but he won't share any big details. In essence, these are all "little white lies", but how long can they last?
Even from the beginning of "Les Petits Mouchoirs", you can tell something catastrophic is going to happen, whether or not a friendship ends or a misunderstanding gets out of control. But as we sit there expecting it, Canet makes us wait, and instead of everything happening abruptly, he takes his time, letting us get to know these characters, while letting them get to realize each others issues. Yet there's a tension that remains because we feel a sense of dread but we don't know when it's coming; we can't help but care because this group of friends are no different than most. All of the acting is terrific; these are wonderfully realized roles.
The characters are developed gradually, and in a way that makes them look flawed, maybe even giving us the idea that we'd see them walking down the street (even the eternally beautiful Cotillard looks a bit more normal here). Some of these people we like, and some of them we don't, but either way the actors pull off that task of really looking like friends. And when you have a "The Big Chill"-esque idea like this one, that's a very important component. Canet in turns directs with warmth, and in others, harsh realism.
If it was just a teeny bit shorter, "Les Petits Mouchoirs" could be perfect. But when we live in a world where movies don't even attempt to be as complex and real as this one, it's hard to even complain. Setting all problems aside, there's many moments of brilliance that eventually, outweigh the issues.
April 1, 2013
Acting was good with stars like Francois Cluzet, Marion Cotillard & Jean Dujardin. Characters were often times infuriating.
October 27, 2010
A little bit too long, but great story, great script, great actors - and God knows I don't like Cotillard!!, great soundtrack, and awesome dialogue. Canet is brilliant.
March 20, 2013
according to other french movies this is one of the best not because it has a great plot but because it contains all of elements that make a good movie... it has a marvelous music.. some great performances and although it's 2hrs n 30 min it wasn't boring at all, it has a good sense of humor and a fine emotional effects... to me, this is a fine movie
March 1, 2013
Good times, good music, sprinkle with drama....great movie.
February 1, 2013
A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart.
February 1, 2013
This deserves a higher rating
September 15, 2012
Very french in that it develops characters slowly but surely. Must watch.
December 1, 2012
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September 18, 2010
Chiant, stéréotypes et cie.
July 13, 2012
Ok, o filme é extremamente mais longo do que deveria ser, tem muitos personagens centrais (alguns basicamente inúteis) e o final não resolve muitas questões, mas mesmo assim ainda é um bom filme, principalmente graças ao elenco e trilha sonora.
October 10, 2012
This movie had excellent, interesting character development with a lovely view and strong acting. By the end, I was touched. But it took much too long to get there, and i feel it could have easily been trimmed. The characters are very human, although not always relateable, so you sort of felt they were overstaying their welcome.
September 20, 2012
A sort of updated French "Big Chill"
September 18, 2012
A very solid French dramedy a la The Big Chill. The liberal views on drugs and esp. sex will turn off some, and it is a bit soap operaish at times. Yet, the honesty, joie-de-vivre, humor, and humanity are all undeniable. Some outstanding acting. A blockbuster, mainstream French comedy-drama destined to be regarded as a minor cult classic in its homeland. Well worth your time. PS: Is it me, or does that poster remind you of Windows 8's home screen?
September 14, 2012
We left before the end, finding we didn't care what happened to a privileged group of egotists as they leave their friend in intensive care to yuck it up by the sea.