Friend­ship ring of truth

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RE­VIEW LIT­TLE WHITE LIES ( MA15+, sub­ti­tles) ★★★ Di­rec­tor: Guil­laume Canet ( Tell No One) Stars: Mar­ion Cotil­lard, Fran­cois Cluzet, Benoit Mag­imel, Gilles Lel­louche Time for some hol­i­day home-truths

THE de­fin­i­tive friends-re­unit­ing-on­hol­i­day movie will al­ways be the 1983 clas­sic The Big Chill.

This plushly ap­pointed French en­sem­ble drama is very much cut from the same cloth, right down to a sur­feit of clas­sic-hits mu­sic in­ter­ludes.

Nev­er­the­less, Lit­tle White Lies is an easy-to-watch con­fec­tion, even when you fac­tor in its rather daunt­ing 154-minute du­ra­tion.

Writer-di­rec­tor Guil­laume Canet, who landed a global art­house hit a few years ago with the ex­cel­lent Tell No One, steers his qual­ity cast to­wards an an­nual va­ca­tion at the pic­turesque sea­side re­gion of Cap-Fer­ret.

This tight-knit group of friends take their leisure time se­ri­ously. Not even a re­cent hor­rific road ac­ci­dent sus­tained by one of their most pop­u­lar mem­bers is enough to post­pone the big oc­ca­sion.

The first half of Lit­tle White Lies am­bles along in a pleas­antly per­func­tory man­ner, giv­ing us ev­ery­thing we need to know about the key char­ac­ters be­fore breezy events take a darker turn.

Be­fore we reach a tor­rid ( if drawnout) fi­nal act, Canet’s tale put­ters along in a less-than-ur­gent but very like­able man­ner.

Scenes are di­vided in a demo­cratic fash­ion to give all per­form­ers a chance to strut their stuff.

Mar­ion Cotil­lard ( In­cep­tion, in­set) is a stand­out as Marie, a com­mit­ment-phobe who has reached the end of her tether with the one-night-stand life­style.

Fran­cois Cluzet also achieves a last­ing im­pact as Max, a stress-rid­den restau­ra­teur strug­gling to cope with the news his long­time buddy Vin­cent ( Benoit Mag­imel) has a huge man­crush on him.

While Lit­tle White Lies is not the most orig­i­nal film to hail from France in re­cent times, there is an ease and con­fi­dence to its stag­ing that is hard to re­sist.

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