La Petite Lili Reviews

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September 29, 2017
[La Petite Lili] remains a decidedly halfhearted attempt to rework the romantic entanglements of The Seagull.
July 23, 2005
those hoping for a dramatic finish are going to come up short
June 18, 2005
June 17, 2005
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.
June 13, 2005
A rather slight work, but especially for those acquainted with 'The Seagull' it should prove an intriguing exercise in translation.
March 28, 2005
The understated, unsettling sexuality of Ludivine Sagnier vamps James Deanish-Robinson Stvenin in Claude Miller's attractive adaptation of Checkov's The Seagull.
March 24, 2005
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.
March 7, 2005
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.
January 14, 2005
A film that adapts the basic Russian classic and then breaks away in more ways than just the setting.
December 13, 2004
December 10, 2004
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.
December 9, 2004
Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane.
December 8, 2004
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.
November 14, 2004
Centers on a small family of wealthy, prominent celebrities, whose indulgent infighting feels forced and predictable
November 12, 2004
Miller has smoothly transformed Chekov's masterpiece into a critique of his own art -- cinema -- while respectfully retaining the playwright's core themes.
November 12, 2004
Talky, pointless exercise.
November 12, 2004
Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.
November 12, 2004
Its lush feel and affectionate tone are a movie-loving Francophile's dream come true.
November 12, 2004
Miller has reshaped the story of playwright Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, giving it a refreshing touch of joie de vivre
November 11, 2004
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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