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Little White Lies [Blu-ray]

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Every year Max (Francois Cluzet), a successful restaurant owner, invites his family and friends to his beautiful beach house. This year, before they leave Paris, one of the group (Jean Dujardin) is seriously hurt in a traumatic accident. The friends decide to go ahead with their holiday, but the accident sets off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses. The eagerly anticipated vacation leads each of the protagonists in turn to raise 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.

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  • Actors: Francois Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dejardin
  • Directors: Guillaume Canet
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 5, 2013
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A92MF2K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Robert Amsel on March 3, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Since I have an all-region DVD player, I was able to enjoy this exquisite movie about a group of friends who decide to take a previously planned vacation after one of them (played by Academy Award winner, Jean Dujardin) gets seriously injured in an accident. This character-driven movie deals with lies we tell ourselves, lies we tell others to keep face, and the consequences, positive or negative, for sometimes telling the truth. At the heart of it is the acceptance of friends for who they are, with their human frailties exposed. The ending, like the coming together of a complex tapestry, is extremely powerful and emotionally moving. There's not a false note in the fine ensemble cast. I sincerely hope that a Region 1 version will be released in the near future for North American consumption.
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Guillaume Canet creates films (Tell No One, Whatever You Say, J'peux pas dormir..., Je taim) that though they are about love, loss and life, they probe more deeply into the human condition than the glossy entertaining surface can conceal. In the end all of his films demand that the viewer connects to his concept of the flow of life and death and those aspects of living that make a difference. Les petits mouchoirs AKA Little White Lies magnifies these attributes. The story is so conversationally written that for a while it is difficult to pull together where the film is going, but by the end of the film the audience is so choked by the discoveries revealed that tears and a stunned afterburn are inevitable.

Every year, Max Cantara (François Cluzet), a successful restaurant owner, and Véronique (Valérie Bonneton), his eco-friendly wife invite a their close-knit circle of friends to their beautiful Cap Ferrat beach house near Bordeaux to celebrate the birthday of Antoine (Laurent Lafitte) and kick-start the vacation. But, this year, before they all leave Paris, their mutual friend Ludo (Jean Dujardin) is hurt in a serious motocycle accident, ends up the ICU and as the doctors say nothing can be done to change things for at least two weeks, the friends all proceed with their plans for vacation: no one stays behind to be supportive of Ludo, not even his apparent love partner Marie (Marion Cotillard). This sets off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses. The eagerly anticipated vacation leads each of the protagonists to raise the little veils that for years they have draped over what bothers and upsets them. Pretenses become increasingly hard to keep up.
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Les petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies) in an accurate and unfortunately sad representation of the life of friends who, despite one of theirs being in critical care following a motorcycle accident, go on with their vacation, abandoning said friend in Paris. Characters are well depicted and the cast of actors impressive. The film is somehow reminiscent of an American classic, The Big Chill. Even though one man is in the hospital fighting for his life, each character continues on with every day life and its insignificance. Characters impersonate archetypes: the rich guy, full of himself and always stressed and rude, the unhappy womanizer, the ambiguous bisexual good looking seductress, etc... surrounded by children who see their parents drink, smoke, have fun, argue, and so on. The decor is nice: the Atlantic coast of France, near the famous dune of Pila. Only one person is genuine: Jean-Louis, the local fisherman, who at the end of the film will break the bad news to the bunch, and make them realize how selfish their behavior is.
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I loved this film! Saw it at the Reed College French House. The actors are so expressive and beautiful. I hope they release this for the US. It finds a balance between art and realism and feeling empty and feeling alive. Fantastic soundtrack and a great intro to French cinema. I DESPERATELY WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN AND HOPE TO SEE IT ON NETFLIX OR ITUNES OR ON DVD FOR OUR REGION :)
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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.
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