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Little White Lies -- LITTLE WHITE LIES is a sparkling comedy-drama from Guillaume Canet (Tell No One). Starring Marion Cotillard, François Cluzet and Jean Dujardin, this heartfelt story follows the dilemmas of a circle of friends on their annual summer vacation after tragedy has struck one of their own.  With its nostalgic soundtrack of classic hits, LITTLE WHITE LIES is a contemporary spin on The Big Chill.
Little White Lies -- 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.
Little White Lies -- 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.


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20 October 2010 (Belgium) See more »
The one thing friends can't escape is a few home truths.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

François Cluzet ... Max Cantara

Marion Cotillard ... Marie

Benoît Magimel ... Vincent Ribaud

Gilles Lellouche ... Éric

Jean Dujardin ... Ludo
Laurent Lafitte ... Antoine
Valérie Bonneton ... Véronique Cantara

Pascale Arbillot ... Isabelle Ribaud

Anne Marivin ... Juliette

Louise Monot ... Léa
Joël Dupuch ... Jean-Louis
Hocine Mérabet ... Nassim
Matthieu Chedid ... Raphaël
Maxim Nucci ... Franck
Néo Broca ... Elliot
Marc Mairé ... Arthur
Jeanne Dupuch ... Jeanne
Mado Mérabet ... Brigitte

Sara Martins ... Petite amie de Marie
Edouard Montoute ... Copain boîte de Ludo
Nikita Lespinasse ... Virginie, la figurante
Niseema Theillaud ... Sabine, la mère de Ludo
Patrice Renson ... Le futur mari de Juliette
Jean-Claude Lagniez ... Moniteur bateau-école
Jean-Claude Cotillard ... Architecte hôtel Max
Pierre-Benoist Varoclier ... Serveur hôtel Max
Benoît Petitjean ... Serveur hôtel Max
François Bredon ... Physionomiste boîte de nuit
Jean-Louis Fourrier ... Le Prêtre enterrement
Claude Lellouche ... Supporter foot
Jean-Claude Farnaud ... Supporter foot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sarah Barlondo ... Cliente (uncredited)
Eric Moreau ... Le machiniste de cinéma (uncredited)

Directed by
Guillaume Canet 
Writing credits
Guillaume Canet (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Alain Attal .... producer
Gaëtan David .... associate producer
André Logie .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Christophe Offenstein 
Film Editing by
Hervé de Luze 
Production Design by
Philippe Chiffre 
Art Direction by
Stanislas Reydellet 
Set Decoration by
Ariane Audouard 
Costume Design by
Carine Sarfati 
Makeup Department
Guillaume Castagné .... special makeup effects artist
Nicolas Herlin .... special makeup effects artist
Frédéric Lainé .... special makeup effects artist
Pascal Larue .... special makeup effects artist
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... key make-up artist
Gérald Portenart .... key hair stylist
Olivier Seyfrid .... hair stylist
Manuela Taco .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Tony Botella .... extra unit manager trainee
Gregory Bruneau .... assistant unit manager
Sébastien Delepine .... assistant unit manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production manager
Fabrice Lamy .... unit manager trainee
François Lebourg .... extra unit manager trainee
Sébastien Lombard .... unit manager trainee
Nicolas Mouchet .... post-production manager
Florent Perrin .... unit manager trainee
Nora Salhi .... production manager
Grégory Valais .... unit manager
Roxanne Vallet .... unit manager trainee
Gregory Valmir .... unit manager trainee
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cédric Bernard .... first assistant director
Ludovic Bernard .... first assistant director
Christel Bordon .... second assistant director
Julie-Anne Simon .... third assistant director
Art Department
Thomas Akoka .... head painter
Charlon de Nexon Aude .... assistant set decorator (as Aude Charlon)
Khadija Ben Mustapha .... set dresser
Sébastien Borie .... prop master
Frédéric Cambon .... assistant art director
François Criqui .... ripper
Leromain Isabelle .... assistant art director
Félix Roue .... swing gang
Uriel Zylberman .... art department assistant
Sound Department
Niels Barletta .... sound mastering engineer
Vincent Breau .... boom operator
Christophe Burdet .... assistant foley artist
Rémi Daru .... boom operator
Marc Doisne .... sound re-recording mixer
Patrick Egreteau .... foley artist
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Steven Ghouti .... adr & foley mixer
Jean Goudier .... sound editor
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Vincent Montrobert .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Jeanne Bolzinger .... special effects makeup
Cyril Hipaux .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Alain Bignet .... digital compositor
Emilien Breuillier .... visual effects: previz (as Breuillier Emilien)
Eric Carme .... visual effects artist
Alain Carsoux .... visual effects director
Florian Chauvet .... visual effects coordinator
Philippe Chotard .... senior systems administrator
Ana Cojanu .... visual effects editor
Séverine De Wever .... visual effects producer
Christophe Dehaene .... digital compositor
Antoine Dezelli .... digital compositor
Stephane Dittoo .... visual effects supervisor
Adrien Garcia .... digital compositor
Aurélien Grand .... retouch and restoration
Pacini Kevin .... visual effects editor
Julien Lasson .... digital compositor
Guillaume Le Gouez .... digital compositor
Stephane Lesmond .... visual effects video assist
Christophe Lucotte .... visual effects
Fredrik Monteil .... digital compositor
Vincent Perzo .... digital compositor
Joel Pinto .... digital compositor
Laurent Ripoll .... visual effects editor
Aurore Rousset .... animator
Christian Simon .... digital compositor
Jeremy Séguin .... digital compositor
Dean Bailey .... action coordinator
Michel Carliez .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Fabrice Bismuth .... first assistant camera
Fanny Coustenoble .... second assistant camera: renfort
Magali Sylvestre de Sacy .... first assistant camera
Gérald Faure .... grip
Vincent Garat .... generator operator
Julie Gaujour .... second assistant camera
Guillaume Genini .... first assistant camera: second unit
David Goudier .... assistant video
Jean-Baptiste Jay .... ultimate arm camera operator
Rodolphe Lauga .... steadicam
Antoine Laurens .... camera loader
Vincent Le Borgne .... electrician
Lucas Leconte .... first assistant camera
Jean-Claude Lother .... still photographer
Robert Petrin .... ultimate arm operator
Luc Poullain .... helicopter pilot: camera helicopter
James Swanson .... aerial cinematographer
Casting Department
Adèle Bruchert .... extras casting assistant
Laurent Couraud .... casting associate
Laurent Couraud .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alison Carrelli .... set costumer
Aurore Vicente .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Pierre-Victor Bainier .... assistant editor
Jean-Denis Buré .... first assistant editor
Arnaud Caréo .... on-line editor
Mickaël Commereuc .... colorist assistant
Xavier Desjours .... dailies color grader
Fabien Pascal .... colorist
Other crew
Anthony Cauchy .... business affairs manager: M6 Films
Marie Le Mire .... legal
David Leroux .... i t specialist
Emilie Maggiar .... production accountant assistant
Isabelle Querrioux .... script supervisor
Emmanuel Sierra .... chief financial officer
Alain Attal .... special thanks
Marion Cotillard .... the director wishes to thank
Krista Fromet .... special thanks
Krista Fromet .... the director wishes to thanks
Christophe Offenstein .... special thanks
Hugo Sélignac .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Les petits mouchoirs" - France (original title)
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France:154 min | South Korea:134 min (theatrical version)
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The film was France's highest-grossing film in 2010, with more than 5 million tickets sold.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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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26 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
You will laugh and cry as you are sure to find at least one character to care about, 26 July 2011
Author: napierslogs from Ontario, Canada

"Little White Lies" is a multi-relationship drama; one about love, loss and life. It has witty situations, witty lines, and a near-fatal accident. Oh yes, this is an attempt at the hard-to-write comedy-tragedy genre. Thankfully, it doesn't really fail, but instead of being overly comedic or tragic, it plays out mostly dramatically.

There are likely cultural differences to impact how the different audiences relate to this film. It opens with Ludo at a club, partying it up, kissing girls, doing drugs and then speeding through red lights just to get hit by a truck. Based on the other characters' actions and reactions, and other (French) descriptions I have read, Ludo is described as a guy who loves his friends and loves life, living every moment to the fullest. Whereas I would describe him as a guy with a death wish. Regardless, he is now in intensive care, but his friends still want to go on vacation.

Making these characters likable, navigating the comedy-tragedy structure, and all the while keeping us entertained, writer and director Guillaume Canet has set himself up with an almost impossible film to write well. But as a viewer, you just have to find one character you can relate to or empathize with. Everybody is friends so the others will just naturally fall into place.

For me, this film succeeded the most in making me feel as though I was part of the group. I laughed when they laughed, I cried when they cried, and I too just wanted to forget about life and hang out in the water. Because of that inclusion, I never felt too bored during the excessive two and a half hour run-time. But no relationship drama should ever be that long.

I'm going out on a limb and saying that Guillaume Canet is a young, French Woody Allen, or at least he has the potential to become a hopefully-still-young, French Woody Allen. "Little White Lies" is a dialogue-driven, beautifully shot exposé about modern relationships with fully developed characters. He hasn't yet mastered the fine balance between comedy and tragedy, or how to get to the point quickly, and I want him to cast himself, but hopefully I haven't placed unfair expectations onto him.

Each character is having their own personal crisis usually involving the fact that a former lover doesn't like them anymore. That misery coupled with Ludo's tragedy can lead to an awfully somber vacation, but I quite liked the fact that they had their fun during the day and then usually when the alcohol came out, so did the tears and anger. The lies eluded to in the title are more just obvious truths that are barely even concealed, but that doesn't make for nearly as catchy a title. Because these characters are just so well developed, there are always more truths to discover about them.

"Little White Lies" is for drama lovers. You will laugh and you will cry and if you are sure to find a character to connect to, then this film is worth discovering. Apparently France has long since known about the talent that is Canet, now might be the time for the rest of the world to discover him too.

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