La Petite Lili (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Petite Lili (2004)



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When the young and overly sensitive filmmaker Julien screens his new DV art-film starring his girlfriend Lili--a sexy young local girl--to his famous actress mother Mado, and her lover Brice, an accomplished film director, an unraveling of the delicate peace in their house begins. The graceful beauty Lili, who dreams of becoming a famous actress like Mado, is immediately fascinated by Brice, who gladly falls prey to her charms. Lili's ambitions will stop at nothing and she soon seduces Brice into leaving Mado to take her to Paris so she can become a movie actress. Mado and Julien are left to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives, and for Julien the loss is almost fatal. Five years later, Julien, now a more established filmmaker, remakes a fictionalized account of this disastrous love quadrangle, which nearly destroyed him. He reunites the characters--based on Mado, Brica and Lili--in his first, highly autobiographical, feature film. In real life, Lili is no longer with Brice, but indeed, she has become a famous actress. When she learns of Julien's new film, and that it's about that tempestuous summer of five years past, she tries to reconnect with him.
Art House & International , Drama , Romance
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Nicole Garcia
as Mado Marceaux
Jean-Pierre Marielle
as Simon Marceaux
Robinson Stévenin
as Julien Marceaux
Julie Depardieu
as Jeanne-Marie
Anne Le Ny
as Leone
Michel Piccoli
as Actor Who Plays Simon
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Critic Reviews for La Petite Lili

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2005
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

A film that adapts the basic Russian classic and then breaks away in more ways than just the setting.

Full Review… | January 14, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 10, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane.

December 9, 2004
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Talky, pointless exercise.

November 12, 2004
New York Post
Top Critic

Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.

November 12, 2004
New York Daily News
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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.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


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.

Annie Chen
Annie Chen

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