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La petite Lili (2003)

A group of cinematic spend a holiday in the French countryside. The film provides insight in their relationships, including that between a young man and a local girl, Lili. She uses the ... See full summary »

Director:

Claude Miller

Writers:

Julien Boivent, Anton Chekhov (play) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicole Garcia ... Mado Marceaux
Bernard Giraudeau ... Brice
Jean-Pierre Marielle ... Simon Marceaux
Ludivine Sagnier ... Emilier Novacki, dite Lili
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Julien Marceaux
Julie Depardieu ... Jeanne-Marie
Yves Jacques ... Serge
Anne Le Ny Anne Le Ny ... Léone
Marc Betton Marc Betton ... Guy
Michel Piccoli ... L'acteur qui joue Simon
Maylie Del Piero Maylie Del Piero
Mathieu Grondin Mathieu Grondin ... Julien-Acteur
Louise Boisvert Louise Boisvert ... L'actrice qui joue Léone
Mustapha Chadli Mustapha Chadli
Fani Kolarova Fani Kolarova
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Storyline

A group of cinematic spend a holiday in the French countryside. The film provides insight in their relationships, including that between a young man and a local girl, Lili. She uses the opportunity to work her way into the cinematic world, and for which she swaps her young friend for his mother's lover. This settled filmmaker takes Lili on a trip to Paris. A few years later the young man has become a filmmaker himself. His first film is inspired by the mentioned holiday. Lili, by now an actress, learns about it and works herself in a refined way into its cast. Ending up as the star of this production. No more than that, for the young filmmaker remains faithful to his wife and young daughter. Written by Farhan

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Drama | Romance

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Official Sites:

Pyramide Films [France]

Country:

France | Canada

Language:

French

Release Date:

27 August 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Pequena Lili See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,017,826 (France), 29 August 2003

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,558, 14 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,398, 26 June 2005
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color
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blatant nudity in a movie of words
30 March 2009 | by wvisser-leusdenSee all my reviews

'La petite Lili' (= French for 'the small Lili') is constructed after a theater-play by the great Russian Anton Chekov. This film moves on slowly, yes, focusing much more on dialogs than on visuals. Allowing its public plenty of time to keep track.

Its setting connects only to well: a film-crowd at leisure, on holidays in the French countryside. In this respect there must be praise for the visuals of a film-part that never gets any praise: the introduction, cleverly putting you in the right holiday-mood.

Right thereafter comes the shock: female lead Ludivine Sagnier is shown blatantly naked. This makes a very strong visual, but not one that fits well in this film's overall setting. However, as 'La petite Lili' has just started, maybe its viewers are not yet aware of its overall setting. Whatever director Claude Miller had in mind, in hindsight one must conclude that his naked Ludivine is too much.

Having survived this out-of-tune whirlwind-start, you can sit down to watch comfortably. 'La petite Lili' provides a well-balanced story, acted out by some very good actors. Just enjoy.


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