Article publié dans FR2DAY en 2010 (article published in FR2DAY in 2010)
It is the movie event of the fall in France … With more than 1.3 tickets sold in just a week, French actor and film director Guillaume Canet’s new offering «Les Petits Mouchoirs» (Little White Lies) is on its way to set the box office record for 2010. It has already broken the box-office record for best opening week by a French film this year. Not really a surprise considering the popularity of Canet, the subject-matter of the movie and its all-star cast.
Guillaume Canet’s film as director, “Ne le Dis à Personne” (Tell No One), an adaptation of Harlan Coben’s novel of the same name, was the ninth top grossing French film of 2006 and went on to win four César awards (The French equivalent to the Academy Awards) including a César for Best Director for Canet. It also became a foreign-language hit in most European countries as well as at the U.S. box office.
While ‘Tell No One‘ was a tight thriller, this new movie is an emotional multiple-story work about friendship, with all thecowardice, uncontrollable laughter and emotional woundsthat go with it. The film follows a group of longtime friends in their thirties and forties who, like every year, plan to travel from Paris to the seaside peninsula Cap Ferrat to spend their summer vacation. However, this year, as they get ready to leave the capital, their friend Ludo is hurt in a serious accident; an event that will set off a dramatic chain of reactions and emotional responses. As each character struggles with the news, he or she will have to “lift the veil” on all the secrets and things that have been left unsaid.
It is Canet’s most personal and intimate film, one he has been working on for more than two years, and to add even more authenticity to it, he has chosen his real-life friends to play the protagonists, starting with his girlfriend, Academy award winner Marion Cotillard, who plays a bisexual documentarian, François Cluzet, Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lelouche, Benoît Magimel and Anne Marivin. He even gave supporting roles to his musician friends Matthieu Chedid (aka M) and Maxim Nucci (aka Yodélice) who play two of Cotillard’s love interests.
The movie may not be a masterpiece but it strikes the perfect balance between great comical situations and emotional scenes to embark the audience on a real and entertaining rollercoaster of emotions.