Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Francois Cluzet, Marion Cotillard, Benoit Magimel, Gilles Lellouche, Jean Dujardin, Laurent Lafitte, Valerie Bonneton, Pascale Arbillot
Duration: 154 min.
Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they've been telling each other.
Little White Lies is a film written and directed by Guillaume Canet, it premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. It is a comedy drama starring a wonderful ensemble cast of French stars.
I was amazed by the opening scene, a four minute single take starting in the restroom of a Parisian nightclub, following the character wander through the club, and outside onto his scooter, then following him through the streets.
The story itself I found very well written, as well as the performances from the entire cast. By the end of the film you feel you really know these characters.
The soundtrack selection was excellent, including tracks from Ben Harper, Damien Rice, and Antony and the Johnsons, the only gripe I have is Canet's tendency to rely on the music to set the emotional mood for a scene. It works to great effect when done sparingly but it's just used a bit too much here.