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A group of cinematic spend a holiday in the French countryside. The film provides insight in their relationships... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Claude Miller 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julien Boivent  writer
Anton Chekhov  play "Chayka"
Claude Miller  writer

Produced by
Christine Gozlan .... associate producer
Sylvestre Guarino .... executive producer
Daniel Louis .... co-producer: Canada
Annie Miller .... producer
Denise Robert .... co-producer: Canada
Cinematography by
Gérard de Battista 
Film Editing by
Véronique Lange 
Production Design by
Jean-Pierre Kohut-Svelko 
Costume Design by
Christel Birot 
Jacqueline Bouchard 
Makeup Department
Véronique Boitout .... key hair stylist
Lucía Bretones-Méndez .... key makeup artist
Marie Luiset .... makeup artist
John Nollet .... hair stylist: Nicole Garcia
Production Management
Jean-François Abbate .... unit manager
Samuel Amar .... production manager
George Jardon .... post-production supervisor: Canada (as Georges Jardon)
Frédéric Morin .... assistant production manager
Sophie Moulin .... unit manager trainee
Antoine Moussault .... unit manager
Yann Tesson .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Denis Bergonhe .... first assistant director
Ketal Guenin .... first assistant director
Emmanuel Murat .... trainee assistant director
Charles Senard .... second assistant director
Art Department
Agnès Aubert .... assistant art director
Francesco Avella .... carpenter
Céline Barray .... set dresser
Nicolas Barray .... painter
Brigitte Baudet .... sculptor
Christian Borger .... carpenter
Denis Chaboissier .... painter
Yves Chaudesaigues .... carpenter
Jérôme Chrétien .... carpenter
Jérome Clavier .... head painter
Alexandra De Chimay .... assistant art director
François Decaux .... first assistant decorator
Nicolas Decaux .... carpenter
Paul Decaux .... head carpenter
Laurent Jarriau .... props
Loïc Jolly .... painter
Yves Maufrey .... carpenter
Marlène Million .... painter
Bernadette Saint Loubert .... set dresser
Charles Schwacsina .... second assistant decorator
Didier Tardivel .... painter
Sound Department
Gregory Bolduc .... assistant sound mixer: Canada (as Grégory Bolduc)
Jo Caron .... adr foley recordist (as Jocelyn Caron)
Martin Cazes .... sound coordinator: Canada
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist: Canada
Nicolas Gagnon .... assistant foley artist: Canada
Bernard Gariépy Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Claude La Haye .... sound recordist
Benoit Leduc .... adr recording engineer: Canada
Alain Lévy .... post-synchronization
Antoine Morin .... sound editor: Canada
Guy Pelletier .... dialogue editor: Canada
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Hans Peter Strobl .... sound re-recording mixer
Benoit Touchette .... sound coordinator
Raymond Vermette .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Laurent Desbrueres .... digital color grader
Justine Gasquet .... matte painter
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Antoniades .... electrician
Luis Armando Arteaga .... first assistant camera
Lionel Bailly .... electrician
Frédérique Barraja .... still photographer
Simon Blanchard .... second assistant camera
Stéphane Degnieau .... first assistant camera
Xavier Embry .... best boy grip
Xavier Embry .... grip
Bruno Glasberg .... electrician
Dominique Legueux .... key grip
Nathan Miller .... camera operator
Pascal Pajaud .... gaffer
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... electrician
Bruno Roza .... grip
Grégoire Tomat .... camera trainee
Casting Department
Célina Blanc .... casting: children
Carine Jean-Marie .... casting: children
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anne Bastien .... costumer
Editorial Department
Aline Conan .... color timer
Mathieu Denis .... assistant editor: Canada (as Mathieu L. Denis)
Pascale Dubé .... post-production coordinator: Canada
Melanie Gauthier .... post-production coordinator: Canada
Sylvie Lambert .... post-production administrator
Natacha Louis .... color timer
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Other crew
Valerie Arbib .... production secretary (as Valérie Arbib)
Emilie Barbault .... assistant script supervisor
Laure Darie .... production secretary
Françoise Della Libera .... administrator
Michel Flaesch .... animal trainer
François Guerrar .... press attache
Sylvie Koechlin .... script supervisor
Guillaume Lips .... digital grader
James Mammeri .... assistant administrator
Pierre Reyssat .... production assistant
Stéphane Talagrand .... location scout
Hélène Vietti .... production assistant

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Also Known As:
"La petite Lili" - France (original title)
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France:104 min | Japan:89 min | Argentina:102 min | USA:104 min
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30 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
A Sensual Re-Interpretation of "The Seagull", 22 November 2004
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

"La Petite Lili" is a delightful, visually enticing reinterpretation of Chekhov's "The Seagull" through a very Gallic sensibility, similar to how "Clueless" updated and Americanized Austen's "Emma."

While retaining most of the original dialogue and plot as a droll commentary on the more things change the more they stay the same, co-writer/director Claude Miller cleverly updates the artistic medium of debate from literature to film and uses his visual powers to very sensually illustrate the sub-text that in most productions is stifled under 19th century Russian costumes.

Because for all the high falultin' talk of aesthetics and generational conflict, and intellectual art vs. commercial pandering, lust is the primary motivator. Essentially, all the men are led around by their genitals and the women are empowered by controlling them (and it was suspenseful as to which of the competing women would succeed at it for the long run as to whether any of the men could remain faithful to them). For all their intellectual pretensions, all the characters are ruled by their emotions.

Miller wonderfully sets us up for the hot indolence of a country home weekend with a nude nubile Ludivine Sagnier, triggering a much more more effective mise en scene than Bernardo Bertolucci did in "Stealing Beauty." The effect Sagnier has on all the gathered extended family members is palpable and her brazen manipulations are consistent through to the ironic conclusion.

I thought through most of the movie that the director was possibly unaware of just how equally visually mesmerizing her counterpart Robinson Stévenin is on screen, as only one character responds to him, until I saw that James Dean is thanked in the acknowledgments and realized that Miller was using this brooding hunk as an archetype as well (his one final smile is almost a shock).

The last act is a culminating commentary on Chekhov's jarring denouement, claiming that "this is how it should have turned out." Miller softens some of the punishing sexism of the original while putting together a film-within-a-film like Hamlet's play-within-a-play that revenges on the ex-girlfriend, the mother, the mother's lover, etc. full of both comedy and tension.

The sub-titles are many times white on white for difficult reading.

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