Little White Lies (2010)
"Les petits mouchoirs" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 October 2010 (France)
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A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart.



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The one thing friends can't escape is a few home truths.


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

20 October 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Pequeñas mentiras sin importancia  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£125,273 (UK) (15 April 2011)


$183,662 (USA) (21 September 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The French title "Les Petits Mouchoirs" refers to an idiomatic expression that is similar to the English term "Sweeping something under the rug". You cover something up with a napkin or a handkerchief and pretend it's no longer there even though everyone knows it is. The English term "Little White Lies" is a similar if not identical concept. See more »


Eric sends a text message to Marie's cell phone to call him back urgently, while he is in the restaurant with the blonde actress. Marie's cell phone beeps when receiving this text message, but when Marie opens the text message, the cell phone's display shows that it is set on mute ("silencieux"). See more »


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Laughter and tears and good actors… what more do you want?
18 January 2011 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I went to see Les Petits Mouchoirs yesterday and loved every minute of it. And since there are 154 minutes of it, there is a whole lot to love! Yes, this movie lasts for two and a half hours but it certainly did not feel long to me at all.

I thought that the acting was very natural and the people were very real: wow, they even looked like normal people (except for Marion Cotillard who is out-of-this-world-beautiful); a feeling that I feel oftentimes is missing in Hollywood movies where only the dork is normal (= ugly) and the rest of the actors are nothing but overly gorgeous. Obviously some out of the ordinary circumstances occur - otherwise there would be no movie, would there? nobody wants to watch me go to work and do my groceries for two and a half hours - but the way the situations were dealt with made me feel like Les Petit Mouchoirs was a depiction of a slice of life. I laughed out loud on several occasions, but at the end also had a wet sleeve from drying my tears. And in that respect I feel very differently from one previous poster who feels that the acting was weak in the dramatic parts of the movie; I thought the acting was superb.

I definitely recommend this movie, I thought it was highly entertaining and an evening well-spent.

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