I thought you would expect me to give you my (french...) impressions of the movie, so here we are!
The fact that the film is primarily set in Cap-Ferret, near Arcachon, south of Bordeaux, brought back some fun memories of my early childhood, when we would take the train from Bordeaux to either Soulac, or Arcachon, in the Landes, with the bikes fitted with little seats for my sister (who was born there...) and me in front of our parents, a very affordable version of a "cabriolet" (but not "convertible" as we found out when hit by a big storm after a day of wandering around the pine forests and dunes that are the hallmarks of the region...).
But let stay focused...
The film starts with a bang, and I will not disclose it, as it would spoil the story for you - but I wonder how it was filmed...and it is the start of the unfolding of the sclerosed frienship of a group of mainly self indulgent French men and women in their thirties and forties.
It is very well acted, and some of the portraits all along are really gorgeous (and I am not talking only about Marion Cotillard here...)
Some of the scenes are hilarious, most of them related to the host, incapable of relaxing on his holidays and searching frantically for weasels supposedly squatting in his holiday house - and I let you find out if he is successful in his search, and for once in a French film, the only sex scenes are only in the brains of the participants (or in the dialogues...) which is a welcome change! (or is it???...).
To be noted, the performance of Valerie Bonneton, playing the wife of Francois Cluzet ( on screen as well as in real life) the angry fifty something main character, quite amazing as a bored, loyal, and very smart housewife...
The film's pace is pretty good all along, but eventually lacks in depth, as one gets fed up with the self-centredness of the participants, up until one of them speaks out and articulate for all to hear the depth of the misery keeping all these people together - and maybe this is the message of the film, and maybe my own expectations were different, or maybe this is just a movie to pass a good wintery afternoon, which it did quite succesfully!
Your own opinions are welcome!
Well, the competition is over...
Here are the winners:
Nicole T and Mark L from Manly
Janine S and James M from Melbourne
Thiago D of Coogee and Martine C of Seaforth
John B and Barbara S of Gladesville
Jane and Kevin C of Hornsby
Congratulations to everybody and enjoy the movie!
Remember, it is this week-end, then public release on the 16th
Hopscotch Films, a boutique distributor of movies in Australia, has sent us a press release to annonce its preview in Sydney on the long week-end in June (10 to 12 of June).
Hopscotch Films have previously released, among others, Mao's Last Dancer, of which I am the lucky owner of a DVD signed by Li Cunxin - the hero of the film, and the Aussie Director, Bruce Beresford.
Here is the story behind Little White Lies:
Starring Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (La Vie en Rose) LITTLE WHITE LIES follows a group of friends who gather every year at a beautiful beach house, celebrating the birthday of one of the gang. Fun, French Riviera, fine wine and seafood mix with sun and sand as they all leave their city stresses and inhibitions behind.
But this year is different. One of them is badly injured in a serious motorcycle accident just as they are about to leave Paris for their seaside reunion. His friends flock to his bedside, where their unconscious pal is still alive but in intensive care. What to do? Stay in Paris to be by his side, or leave for their vacation having been assured that there is nothing they can do? By the time they return he should be conscious and up for visitors. After some intense discussion, they decide to head off for enjoyment and relaxation. Over the course of the next week, all the tensions within this group erupt into full daylight.
Through a succession of incidents, the group is pulled apart and dragged together by their ties of loyalty and marriage. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they have been telling each other...
The Director is Guillaume Canet , also an actor, in the Beach and Love me if you dare, has previously directed Tell no one.
Some of the other actors are Francois Cluzet, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, just to name a few...
Hopscotch Films having found our blog (in the first place...) and qualified it as "awesome" have kindly given us
FIVE FREE DOUBLE PASSES for the preview.
I am in turn offering them to my first five Australian readers subscribing to our Newsletter. (form on the right side of this page)
Hurry up and hopefully we will meet at the Premiere!!!
PS: There will be preview sessions in all major capitals in Australia.
(Sydney Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra)
As a bonus, here are a few clips and images of the film. Enjoy!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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