Little White Lies (Les petits mouchoirs)
Release Year: 2010
Director: Guillaume Canet
Writer: Guillaume Canet
Starring: François Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoît Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lafitte, Valérie Bonneton, Pascala Arbillot, Anne Marivin, Louise Monot, Joël Dupuh
A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in hospital while the rest decide to go on their annual holiday without him. While away, their secrets and personal grief threatens to break the friends apart.
This very long film explores the impact it has on a group of friends that one of their number ends up in intensive care faighting for his life after a traffic collision. The friends visit him in hospital and say and do the right things until they, five minutes later, decide to go on their annual holiday and leave him behind in hospital. They can’t really do anything for him anyway, can they? Needless to say, none of them are particularly likable. Cotillard (De rouille et d’os, 2012) is also fascinating, and is the only reason any of the female characters is even slightly memorable. Despite spending such a long time with these characters, it is hard to remember, their names and how many there even are. That being said, there some good moments and a few visually funny moments, but I suspect much of the humour when past me without me noticing. It would have been much better with more interesting characters and some more editing. The soundtrack is really good, though. Only for the truly francophile.
The French title “Les petits mouchoirs” refers to an idiomatic expression that is similar to the English term “Sweeping something under the rug”.
Picture Copyright: UIP
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