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Movie Review – Little White Lies

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When most audiences watch foreign films they often have preconceived notions of what they will be about, or like. They think they will be sad, depressing, overly art house, a little bit strange or even a little bit raunchy. But, when you have seen as many as I have, you learn to leave those notions at home as there is so much more to foreign cinema than that. So, when I sat down to watch ‘Little White Lies’ I knew nothing about the film, and when the first line of dialogue was delivered in French, I was happy because I had seen some great and varied French films this year, but little did I know what I actually had on my hands with this film.

“Every year, Max, a successful restaurant owner, and Véro, his eco-friendly wife invite a merry group of friends to their beautiful beach house to celebrate Antoine's birthday and kick-start the vacation. But, this year, before they all leave Paris, their buddy Ludo is hurt in a serious accident, which 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. Pretences become increasingly hard to keep up, until the moment when the truth finally catches up with them all.”

This was a very long film for what it is, 150 minutes, and at about the two hour mark I started to think they had made the mistake of making this good film too long. But really, I was so wrong, as it was actually genius storytelling and film making. Because of the rather large number of characters, you needed that time to really get to know them all, so when things start getting ‘real’, its impact on you is so much more. This film is funny, dramatic and surprisingly powerful. In fact there were scenes that I had to look away from the screen to stop myself from choking up with the overwhelming emotion. If it was a shorter film then maybe I wouldn’t have cared so much, but I did, and because of that I can’t fault its length. This was a great film and also had maybe the best sound track I’ve ever heard on a film. Brilliant!

9 out of 10 from me.

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