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Little White Lies [DVD]

François Cluzet , Marion Cotillard , Guillaume Canet    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004SH5QBE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,200 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Unmissable 3 July 2012
By Phoober
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the tensions of friendship 4 Feb 2013
I didn't find this film funny like others have here, but instead found it to be a film about the tensions and antagonisms between people. Following an accident Ludo is in hospital in intensive care. His large group of friends decide to up and off to the holiday on the coast that they had planned anyway. Before the trip Vincent declares his love to Max setting off a reaction in him that for the most part spoils the holiday for the others in the party. There are other antagonisms within the group and you're left feeling that the absent Ludo was the glue holding them all together. not really very happy viewing but a good film
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9 of 10 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so white lies !! 24 May 2014
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
French film about a group of friends aged in their 20s who go on holiday leaving their friend in the high dependency unit of a hospital following a road accident. They've all got secrets they would prefer that their friends were not aware of but during the vacation evens transpire to reveal those secrets to comic effect making an excellent film about the human condition. If fell down slightly because it laboured a few of the points and several scenes , especially towards the end , became a bit over sentimental - it could have been shortened by a least half an hour, but all in all a good film.
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55 of 65 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Typically French!
Typical French drama with some quite hilarious moment and equally sad. Well acted.
Published 1 month ago by Miss NTL Whiskin
4.0 out of 5 stars That's life!?
Not to be viewed if you are feeling down, but a good film!
Published 1 month ago by Campbell Mcpherson
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
dvd was scratched
Published 2 months ago by Adelaide
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good.
Published 3 months ago by MICHAEL LOWSLEY-WILLIAMS
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely film
Enjoyed this film, interesting story and good cast. The story is quite poignant at towards the end.
Published 3 months ago by J. M'CLELLAND
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
I found this film to be tedious. It was like listening to a conversation by a crowd of unknown people who are not very interesting. Wouldn't recommend.
Published 5 months ago by vb
1.0 out of 5 stars Dismal subtitles
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by RM London
3.0 out of 5 stars little white lies
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
Published 10 months ago by janet
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 11 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 12 months ago by SuffolkApple
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