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Little White Lies (2010)

Les petits mouchoirs (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 20 October 2010 (France)
2:37 | Trailer
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.


Guillaume Canet


Guillaume Canet (scenario and dialogue)
4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
François Cluzet ... Max Cantara
Marion Cotillard ... Marie
Benoît Magimel ... Vincent Ribaud
Gilles Lellouche ... Éric
Jean Dujardin ... Ludo
Laurent Lafitte ... Antoine
Valérie Bonneton Valérie Bonneton ... Véronique Cantara
Pascale Arbillot ... Isabelle Ribaud
Anne Marivin ... Juliette
Louise Monot ... Léa
Joël Dupuch Joël Dupuch ... Jean-Louis
Hocine Mérabet Hocine Mérabet ... Nassim
Matthieu Chedid Matthieu Chedid ... Raphaël
Maxim Nucci Maxim Nucci ... Franck
Néo Broca Néo Broca ... Elliot


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. The eagerly anticipated vacation leads each of the protagonists to raise the little veils that for years they have draped over what bothers and upsets them. Pretenses become increasingly hard to keep up. Until the moment when the truth finally catches up with them all... Written by The Film Catalogue

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


Comedy | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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Always the quiet ones...
16 January 2013 | by fezzarangeSee all my reviews

Trying to kill a couple of hours before bed, I decided to give this film a go even though I had not heard an awful lot about it. Having recently seen and enjoyed a couple of Canet's other films, I knew I would at least be entertained. In the next two and a half hours that followed, I can honestly say I was mesmerised by what I saw. As the film finished and the credits rolled in I was overcome with a strange feeling of sadness that the film had finished, but also a huge sense of gratitude that I had probably just seen one of the best films of my life. Coming from an actor and also a Film degree major, that is something I don't take lightly to admitting. Perhaps in time the novelty will wear off and the more times I see it, the more holes I will be able to pick in it. However, I know the film did something right as I felt compelled to sign up on here and write this review at 1am! Now I'm not going to bark on too much about all the reasons why this film is so great, because that is something you all have to make up your own minds with. The best compliment I can pay 'Little White Lies' is that it was such a genuine film in terms of content right down to the acting. Marion Cottilard in particular is absolutely fantastic, there aren't many people who can perform to that level, her performance was flawless at times. Anyhow, I've said my bit. This film deserves to be seen by everyone, I have, I hope you all do too.

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France | Belgium



Release Date:

20 October 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Little White Lies See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$25,654, 26 August 2012

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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