Little White Lies

2012

Little White Lies

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French box-office sensation Little White Lies is a sparkling comedic drama from Guillaume Canet, the writer-director of the worldwide smash hit Tell No One. Bringing together the top names from France's current generation of actors, including Jean Dujardin, Marion Cotillard and Francois Cluzet, Canet weaves a joyous and heartfelt film out of the dilemmas of eight thirty- and forty-something close friends. With its nostalgic soundtrack of classic hit songs from Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Nina Simone and others, Little White Lies is a contemporary spin on The Big Chill, a generational statement on youthful frivolity giving way to middle-aged pleasures and sorrows, with a finely observant eye on modern day relationships. -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Little White Lies

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  • It is a film of emotional comings and goings, disappointments, silences and relapses. [Full Review in Spanish]

    November 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The real power in Canet's Little White Lies is its group of familiar, loveable and likeable characters who all could be someone we would love to know and befriend.

    July 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Guillaume Canet's great mistake is in having the gall to craft a moral about the seeming pettiness and emotional blindness of this bunch of vacationing, bourgeois Parisiens.

    February 3, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • When a string of American oldies turns the movie into a two and a half hour version of The Big Chill, any harder emotions are thrown out for easy nostalgia.

    August 30, 2018 | Full Review…

    Pat Padua

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  • A pleasurable and, at times, compelling experience.

    August 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Joseph Walsh

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  • Manages to capture the feelings of an entire generation and the double standards of the French upper class. [Full review in Spanish]

    August 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little White Lies

  • Jun 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?
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  • Jul 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.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2011
    A wonderful European gem with a great cast and a well written script built on intriguing characters with Woody Allen-esque obsessions that during their most recent vacation are confronted with truths which they would have rather not known. A tad longer than I would have liked it to be, it nevertheless left me with a warm feeling inside.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    A very entertaining drama concerning a group of friends going off to a summer house for part of the summer despite one of their own getting involved in a horrific car accident(brilliantly played out in the beginning) various relationship threads going on between some, and sometimes boiling over. a great cast of french cinema, a few of the male leads i have discovered in the last couple of years and shows what a great asemble of actors you can draw from there. at over two hours it does not outstay its welcome and somethings always happening.
    scott g Super Reviewer

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