La Petite Lili (2003)
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Anton Chekhov's The Seagull receives an updated adaptation in this drama from veteran French filmmaker Claude Miller. Mado (Nicole Garcia) is a successful actress who is spending the summer at her country estate with her boyfriend, Brice (Bernard Giraudeau), a noted filmmaker who directed her latest picture. Also staying with Mado is her son, Julien (Robinson Stévenin), a budding experimental filmmaker with a combustible personality who is infatuated with Lili (Ludivine Sagnier), a beautiful
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Miller crafts a warmly, but not entirely optimistic fable about the salutary power of lazy afternoons, meals taken at dusk beneath outdoor tents and, ultimately, of moviemaking itself.
A film that adapts the basic Russian classic and then breaks away in more ways than just the setting.
Miller, a French director of dry humor and great skill, has taken the Chekhov outline and updated it to present-day France, substituting the cinema for literature.
Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane.
Talky, pointless exercise.
Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.
It's a simple story, but it's sort of satisfying to see the way they come full circle, using 'the movie within the movie' concept to wrap everything up.
A rather slight work, but especially for those acquainted with 'The Seagull' it should prove an intriguing exercise in translation.
The understated, unsettling sexuality of Ludivine Sagnier vamps James Deanish-Robinson Stévenin in Claude Miller's attractive adaptation of Checkov's The Seagull.
Sagnier plays her sensuality for all it's worth... which is undisguised and considerable, and provides the glue for a tale that could easily come apart.
The film explores the conflict between idealistic youth and pragmatic maturity, respecting each in turn, but succeeds best in underscoring the power of youthful sexuality.
Centers on a small family of wealthy, prominent celebrities, whose indulgent infighting feels forced and predictable
Miller has smoothly transformed Chekov's masterpiece into a critique of his own art -- cinema -- while respectfully retaining the playwright's core themes.
Its lush feel and affectionate tone are a movie-loving Francophile's dream come true.
Miller has reshaped the story of playwright Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, giving it a refreshing touch of joie de vivre
La Petite Lili is an accomplished and elegant French film about love, moviemaking, and the urge to creatively process one's experiences.
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