Every year Max (Francois 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.
Tedious, boring, unfunny, overlong, poretentious French drivel
- Little White Lies review by PV
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I rarely fail to finish a DVD - I watch even the most dreadful movies until the end. But in this case, I had to make an exception: 1 hour in and I could stand it no more - especially as I know there was another hour and a half to go.
This film is typical state-subsidised French rubbish. Very 'Thirtysomething' in its feel, with the usual pretenious French philosophy-spouting and the endless smoking and meaningful looks.
The film seems very quaint and old-fashioned in its attitudes to homosexuality too - with some really unbelievable polt twists and character arcs.
Watch this only to see how awful and boring the French film industry has become.
For an entertaining foreign film, watch The Wave, A Royal Affair, The Bothersome Man, or Les Diaboliques (either version).
A lot of good characters and some nice moments. The plot often seems to be an excuse to show happy holiday scenes for the rich Parisians on the coast. However, this is pleasant to watch if only a bit long.
Max (François Cluzet) plays a very convincing über-stressed successful businessman. He is unable to relax despite the friendly atmosphere merrily created by his friends.
(Spoiler alert) Tension however, is always close to the surface as they have decided to go without one of their friends who is in hospital after a serious accident. Each character brings an interesting ingredient to the mix. We only wished it hadn't taken so long to reach the conclusion. This could easily be under two hours instead of 2H30.
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Directed by French actor and director Guillaume Canet, known for his roles in Love Me If You Dare and The Beach , Little White Lies is the story of a group of friends who take a summer break together. Several problems arise before the group can take their holiday, including an almost deadly road traffic accident and a badly received confession of love.
Eventually the group decides to leave their friend Ludo, played by Jean Dujardin, behind in hospital after his scooter collides with a truck. They, some accompanied by their spouses and families, travel to beautiful châteaux in the sun and by the sea. Yet Ludo’s accident hangs over them and it causes tensions to run high as the guilt they feel over abandoning him seeps into their break.
The film classes itself as a comedy drama and it does have it’s moments of humor. Unfortunately it is overly emotive, almost to the point of melodrama, whilst the characters aren’t particularly likeable. The film has a tendency to be over indulgent with it’s emotion, spelling the painful moments out for you, dragging them out for as long as possible and filling them with swells of emotive music. Personally it made it seem a little sickly sweet and obvious, not to mention far too long, all of which take all the enjoyment out of a narrative that could have been subtle and intriguing.