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Little White Lies [DVD]

François Cluzet , Marion Cotillard , Guillaume Canet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin
  • Directors: Guillaume Canet
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SH5QBE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,149 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

From award-winning director, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) comes Little White Lies, a joyous portrayal of friendship and humanity. Featuring a truly exceptional ensemble cast; including the Academy and BAFTA award winning actress Marion Cotillard (Inception); and the César ‘Best Actor’ award winner François Cluzet. Walking the fine line between laughter and tears Canet directs some of France’s most skillful performers to deliver startlingly intimate performances.

Every year Max (François Cluzet), a successful restaurant owner, invites his family and friends to his beautiful beach house. But this year the vacation is not all fun in the sun as each guest raises the veil that for years has covered their true feelings. Their relationships, convictions and friendships are sorely tested when finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Unmissable 3 July 2012
By Phoober
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No one does movies like the French. Somehow they manage to capture the human condition in a most profound way. Think Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources, Mon Pere Ce Heros, The Grocer's Son.........

The characters in Little White Lies are very well developed and all of them, (even the bad tempered Max), are endearing. Because of the way the characters have been drawn, the storyline is complex and engaging, and it is a real tearjerker, which also makes you laugh out loud. Not many films are able to walk you through a whole range of human emotions in one sitting.

Even though the character Ludo, (around whom the story and other characters are woven), is not there in body, he is always present and again, its not easy to keep a character in someone's mind when he's off screen or not always involved in the dialogue. A real achievement.

This really is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. A real breath of freshair - head and shoulders above anything that Hollywood pumps out these days.

It's original, beautiful and unmissable.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If this Is Caésar Winning Material... 14 Oct 2011
I happen to be a fan of Guillaume Canet, Tell No-One (Ne Le Dis A Personne) [DVD] and Rivals [DVD] are both fine examples of his work. Sadly, this is a poor attempt to illustrate how friends tell lies and manipulate people.

Sadly, a close friend has had an awful accident - and the gang are rather disturbed by the outcome. Ludo is left in a coma in intensive care. The gang, led by Max (François Cluzet) and his wife Vero have decided to go to their beach house with the gang to try and enjoy Antoine's birthday. Here we just see human behaviour and how people act at times.

This film is dull, and badly done - I found François Cluzet's angry and selfish portrait of Max dull and unimaginative, this bullish person who has so many friends just made me think how does he manage it? Also I found that the others were just as dull too, especially the guy who was not sure of his sexuality. I also didn't find any allies with the females either - they were submissive and irritating too, especially the one who was very rude to the guitarist. The only character who managed to save any grace was Jean-Lous played by Joël Dupuch, he did a fine job and was a likeable person in this.

Overall I wouldn't recommend this, it's the sort of tripe they put on during the summer months in Paris as they know no one is there - they're all on holiday enjoying themselves.
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51 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! 7 July 2011
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I was dubious about seeing this film because I had never seen a foreign film before and didn't know if I would still enjoy it with subtitles. However, I went along to one of the local cinemas that had got this film, and I was blown away. The film begins introducing all the characters and slowly you get to grips with how they all know each other and the storyline can start - it does this relatively quickly. From the off, the jokes are so cleverly hilarious everyone in the cinema was laughing incredibly loudly and pretty much uncontrollably. There are some events in the film which will absolutely tickle you to the point where you talk about them for days and want to see the film again just for the brilliant laugh it gives you. One particular storyline should have you on your back with laughter and it's a running theme all the way through.
As well as being superbly funny, this film also has a meaningful storyline, looking at a critically injured friend and how the characters deal with that, relationships, and the friendship between the group that we see. This story is told well, with well cast actors and actresses portraying their characters excellently. The film is believable which is a strange thing to see these days I think - we mostly have outrageous things happening in comedies, but in this film, though the occasional idea is a bit far fetched, you can still very much imagine it being the case.
The one thing I would caution people about is the duration of the film - it does last for a good 2.5-3 hours, so you need to have plenty of time to sit down and watch it. This is, however, the only fault I can really pick with it - and even then it's not a fault, because the film really is so funny I wasn't keen for it to end anyway! So if you have a spare three hours, give this a watch. If you don't have a spare three hours, fit them in somewhere because this film really is worth your time!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Big Chill, you'll like this 27 Mar 2012
By Rae_B
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A watchable movie about a group of self-involved friends who go on vacation together leaving one of their friends behind in Paris. The music is good but the storyline lacks some originality. Very reminiscent of 'The Big Chill'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Chill with laughs 27 Dec 2011
By mari
A classy French version of 'The Big Chill' with a talented and likeable French cast. Great 80's music and makes you wish you were in that circle of eccentric, crazy, funny, pathetic but loveable group of people. A movie you can watch over and over again
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal subtitles 10 Jan 2014
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The box said 'English subtitles' but it's so inadequate, they might as well said no subtitles. The English subtitles appears maybe every 20 or 30 sentences. It's so frustrating for anyone who doesn't speak French, I had to return it despite the hassle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars little white lies 23 Dec 2013
By janet
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took a while to get into this,the characters a bit complex but after watching a second time got what it was about. Funny and witty and sad all at once
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
not a bad film which . well worth a watching if you can get it cheap enough second hand or ex rental
Published 5 months ago by Mr. W. J. D. Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good drama
OK I'm biased here because I am French and obviously I like french cinema, but this is really a superb film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by SuffolkApple
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Brilliant film. Really easy watching with lots of interesting relationships. Great scenery and a real line up of great actors
Published 7 months ago by Georgia1
4.0 out of 5 stars rambling but real
If you like French cinema, you'll like this - simple. Its kind of heavy in dialogue and he's sleeping with her and she's sleeping with him and they're both sleeping with her etc. Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Schofield
5.0 out of 5 stars Thouroughly entertaining
I loved this movie from beginning to end, great acting, very funny and thought provoking too. A perfect example of why I love French Cinema.
Published 10 months ago by Agent Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars LITTLE WHITE LIES
Little White Lies has to be one of the funniest movies we have ever seen. Highly recommended viewing. A real Tragicomedy!
Published 10 months ago by Lynne Herbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Searing, Amusing, Stunning and in the end uplifting
From its shocking opening (an accident after a night club) to the smart language, from the hilarious football scene to the domestic squabbles this is an excellent French film that... Read more
Published 11 months ago by peter upton
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday from hell!
A great ensemble French cast portraying the lives and loves, happiness and tragedies of a group of friends one summer. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anna Costin
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont understand the hype about this film
Apparently it was such a success in France, can't understand why. In general the topic of all the white lies that people chose in their lives to get by, get out of things, pretend,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by lorelei
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie with the best actors and actress of french cinema
I just took by surprise when I begin to watch this movie,all actors are great and story is so human and so true, that could happen to any group of friends. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jardel Vieira Silva
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