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The Little White Lies

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  • Actors: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin
  • Directors: Guillaume Canet
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Europacorp
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00648Q5KQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,026 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Little White lies: Every year, Max, a successful restaurant owner, and Véro, his eco-friendly wife invite a merry group of friends to their beautiful beach house to celebrate Antoine's birthday and kick-start the vacation. But, this year, before they all leave Paris, their buddy Ludo is hurt in a serious accident, which sets off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses. The eagerly anticipated vacation leads each of the protagonists to raise the little veils that for years they have draped over what bothers and upsets them. Pretenses become increasingly hard to keep up. Until the moment when the truth finally catches up with them all. Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they've been telling each other. Little White Lies stars: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin. Just to let you know, we have imported this product from France, it plays in French. In addition it contains optional English subtitles!

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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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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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This truly remarkable film from the much celebrated director, Guillaume Canet is an acerbic look at the quite uniquely excessive, and therefore a bit irritating, love life of the French. While it is a highly compelling and bittersweet comedy of manners, what appeals to me most about the movie is that it is an emotional rollercoaster which cleverly and seamlessly balances tragedy with the joys of youthful life.

The opening sequence is so brilliantly realised that the viewer is subjected to a suspenseful sense of an impending disaster soon after the main titles fade out. There begins the uneasy, first chapter of the film, wherein the most likely reaction of the viewer to the increasingly self-obsessed and excessive antics of this closely-knit group of fast-maturing friends would be irritation, if not derision. However, as the story develops to unravel the true character of the individuals and the underlying reasons for their erratic behaviour, you begin to sympathise with them, to the extend that fond memories of your past relationships appear to synchronise with the viewing experience.

‘Little White Lies’ is so well conceived and executed that when it ends a sense of longing, similar to that of departing your best friends after a memorable time together, creeps into the mind as if by magic.

Characterisations and performance of the film are plausible and astounding, and the whole thing just comes together like a dream. Without any doubt, this is European cinema at its most appealing.

BrownPolar
October 2011
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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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