Little White Lies

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. 2.6 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
Little White Lies

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Drama
Director Guillaume Canet
Cast Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lafitte François Cluzet
Studio Lionsgate Films UK
Release Date April 2011
Running Time 154 mins
 

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.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

It’s overlong, but with its gorgeous cast, irreverent humour and beautifully drawn characters, this smart comedy-drama is the kind of movie Couples Retreat and Grown Ups should have been.

20/04/2011

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Total Film

Neil Smith

Original this certainly is not. But it is highly charming, funny and affecting, with a real sense of community and a super soundtrack that suggests Canet has much the same CD collection as Lawrence Kasdan.

28/03/2011

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

It’s slightly glib, very glossy and over-extended at 154 minutes. But there’s an overriding sense that Canet knows this territory, and gets the best out of an excellent cast.

14/04/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

This is basically The Big Chill on chilled rosé, set over two weeks in a delightful seaside villa in Cap Ferret, as a bunch of arty thirty and fortysomething Parisians indulge in endless relationship crises. Even the Beautiful People suffer from ugly thoughts, and these seep out like toxic slime in the sunshine, to delightful comic effect.

15/04/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

These people are hardly suffering. Take into account the two-and-a-half hour running time, and Little White Lies sometimes threatens to reach almost Raymond Blanc levels of Gallic smugness.

17/04/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Guillaume Canet’s direction is self-indulgently flaccid, and his screenplay unstructured. It’s way too long at 154 minutes, but the biggest problem is the lack of momentum and character development.

20/04/2011

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The Observer

Phillip French

The truths don't always ring true, the characters become increasingly dislikable the more we come to know them, the duration is excessive, and there's a tearful, cringe-making funeral to the strains of Nina Simone's version of "My Way".

17/04/2011

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The Financial Times

Leo Robson

Writer-director Guillaume Canet, who made the hit thriller Tell No One, shows a remarkable lack of tact and skill in just about every area, from the rationing of revelations to the portrayal of emotions. At times the film seems like a farce without jokes, at others like a satire without observations.

13/04/2011

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

Little White Lies unspools as glossy, high-grade tosh, a sun-dappled Big Chill, without the rigour or insight required to make you care about these people and wonder which bed they will eventually wind up in.

14/04/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Good dialogue might have refreshed these clichés, but much of the time Canet doesn’t bother with words at all and instead sticks slushy pop songs over tearful montages.

17/04/2011

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