La Petite Lili (2004)
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Critic Reviews for La Petite Lili
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.
Audience Reviews for La Petite Lili
Unlike one review I read, I thought the film started out quite slowly and got more interesting as it went along. The characters were covered with some depth, but overall I didn't find quite enough to make watching too worthwhile.
Quite an entertaining tale of a young girl taking advantage of what is before her to launch a career in film. There are scars, and hearts are broken, but life goes on. One time lovers Lili (Ludivine Sagnier) and Julien (Robinson Stevenin) collaborate on a short film that gets her noticed by Julien's mother's lover, a french movie director, Brice (Bernard Girardeau). Lili leaves with the older man and thereby becomes a star. When she finds out that Julien is making a film about the events of that summer, she angles for the part to play herself. Will the former lovers be able to set aside past hurts, or will the memory of old wounds open new rifts? On this the film hinges. Lots of lovely scenery, including a fully nude Sagnier early on, but a clear winner with or without it. Touching story that felt honest in the company of people to whom honesty is not seen as a virtue.
Great cast. Love the opening, very powerful images and beautiful cinematography. To quote this movie, La Petite Lili strikes me as if "someone is squzzing my heart...". I think Perfume used the same theme music. Great movie! One of the best adaptation for a classic literature(altho I havent read The Seagull, now I reallly want to). Also, Ludivine Sagnier got to show off her curvy sexy body in the begining.
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