La Petite Lili In the humidly self-serious French drama about the drama of making drama La Petite Lili , filmmaker Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ) appropriates Anton… La Petite Lili In the humidly self-serious French drama about the drama of making drama La Petite Lili , filmmaker Claude Miller ( Alias Betty ) appropriates Anton… 2004-11-12 PT99M Ludivine Sagnier Nicole Garcia First Run Features
Movie Review

La Petite Lili (2004)

Ludivine Sagnier, La Petite Lili | FRENCH CONNECTION Hot young people can make anything watchable...almost
FRENCH CONNECTION Hot young people can make anything watchable...almost
EW's GRADE
C-

Details Limited Release: Nov 12, 2004; Length: 99 Minutes; With: Ludivine Sagnier; Distributor: First Run Features

In the humidly self-serious French drama about the drama of making drama La Petite Lili, filmmaker Claude Miller (Alias Betty) appropriates Anton Chekhov's The Seagull as his plot skeleton. He populates his retelling with actresses, filmmakers, and attractive hangers-on taking their ease in a country-house setting lovelier than any of the sourpusses deserve. Most everyone pines unrequitedly for someone pining unrequitedly for someone else. And most of them have opinions about the difficulty of making art, the melancholy of getting older, the miseries of unrequitedness, etc.

Because the talk never gets beyond statement making, and because the characters emit none of Chekhov's radiantly lived-in soulfulness, there's plenty of time to appreciate the sun-kissed landscape. Certainly Swimming Pool's Ludivine Sagnier in the title role is chief among the attractions. Once again she plays a sexy beastess who feels most comfortable with her shirt off. And once again millions will urge, Girl, go ahead and make yourself at home!

Originally posted Nov 10, 2004 Published in issue #793 Nov 19, 2004 Order article reprints
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