I had heard much about this film, Little White Lies from famed director Guillaume Canet…and as one of France’s biggest box office hits…I was looking forward to watching it…all 154 minutes of it…
It is a French, Big Chill with a good soundtrack but not as good. It is a similar story…a group of thirty something Parisians, all best friends, holiday every year at the seaside. This particular year is tinged with sadness as one of the ‘besties’ is in hospital suffering from a near fatal accident. They decide to go, regardless of his delicate condition and despite underlying tensions between them; they are all harbouring little secrets, les petits mouchoirs, from each other.
Little White Lies is one of those films that doesn’t quite live up to expectation but that doesn’t mean it is not enjoyable. It is a little long and some of the characters didn’t gain my sympathy in time…yet I watched it to the end. It is like many French movies where the stars of the show are the emotions and the plot is secondary…it is just a vehicle to transport the emotions onto the screen. Little White Lies has all the ingredients that make French films so interesting to watch….the dynamics between friends, between couples….brooding and confused sexuality….misplaced loyalty and obsession….
If you have the time rent the movie, it is worth a watch, if for no other reason than to gaze at the glorious Marion Cotillard, listen to the world’s most beautiful language and to be reminded of how great The Big Chill was….and still is…xv