Little White Lies (aka Les petits mouchoirs) review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
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.