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The meaning of life!,
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This review is from: Little White Lies [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
What a great film! And the Blu ray has geat picture and sound (...you need the sound very loud because the music is just fantastic). Unfortunately the subtitles cannot transfer the real powerful and emotional message of certain dialogues. So, if you speak French you are in for a treat...I am not sure who came up with the English "translation" of the title "Little white lies", but it doesn't make any sense and it doesn't stand for anything. Total nonsense.
The film is about a close group of friends that are spending ten days together during summer vacation at a nice beach house close to Bordeaux which is about 600km from Paris. Max and his wife own the place. They have a boat and obviously a lot of money and they have invited all their close friends. One of them couldn't make it because he was in a nearly fatal bike accident. During this time all dirty secrets are coming out. The real title of the movie is "Les petits mouchoirs" which literarily means the "The Small Handkerchief". The title illustrates the fact that we always cover the small defects, a small stain on a table cloth, or a piece of dirt, with a small tissue. It is on the surface ready to show up. Same thing with our weaknesses or personal problems. There are not buried deep inside and are ready to show up any time. This is what the movie is about. About the small problems everybody has hidden inside and ready to come out. It always feels better afterwards. You feel free once you told everybody everything!!!
It is a great movie and like most great French movies, the characters are well developed. That is the reason that the movie is long (154 min). But it is worth your time and money. Especially if you speak French. In addition, the soundtrack is just fabulous. This is what I call the "old timers" music. All the good stuff from the 60's and 70's are there. This is my next purchase.
Five stars all around for the acting, the script (apparently was written in a week), the soundtrack, and the direction. To optimize the acting, all participants spent three months in the house before the start of the movie. Great move, everything is perfect, they really look and sound like the spent a lifetime together.