Despite a traumatic event, a group of friends decide to go ahead with their annual beach vacation. Their relationships, convictions, sense of guilt and friendship are sorely tested. They are finally forced to own up to the little white lies they’ve been telling each other.
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There's something so pure and real about French films and the way they tackle real matters, how they portray relationships with such rawness. How they make me laugh and cry. Loved the performances, loved the narrative, loved the cinematography. I know I loved them because I hardly noticed they were there. I felt like I was on vacation with these friends. With this family. Missing Ludo.
The whole cast is simply amazing, true characters well-made by Canet. A simply and honest story about friendship, love and the most important of all, a story about people. I liked the way Les Petits Mouchoirs portrays a whole subjects with dignity such as homosexuality and the sexual vibe between friends.
However I didn't like the soundtrack so much.
Perplexing tribute to Big Chill, full of misplaced pop music to tell us how we should be feeling. I get that in the 80s idiom, it makes sense to have The Isley Brothers tell us how to feel, but seriously the actors did so much goddamn work that it feels like he's just cutting their legs off everytime a goddamn song plays. And as a commie, I have a hard time feeling for the richest people in France.
A solid ensemble piece, not as impressive as 'tell no-one'. There are some truly powerful moments and revelations in here but I felt the film could have ended about 4 scenes before it did. It seemed to want to wrap it all up when it may have been more interesting to leave some elements unresolved. Mature writing with regards to character choices, stunning location and only a couple of weak plot elements. 3.5 stars
Rather Americanised 'relationship' tapestry which fortunately falls just short of the kitchen sink in the Director's insistence on heavy scene underlining with a rather too literal soundtrack. Otherwise a competent wallow with generally selfish characters, but a good thirty minutes too long whichever way you slice it.