La Petite Lili (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Petite Lili (2004)



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When the young and overly sensitive filmmaker Julien screens his new DV art-film starring his girlfriend Lili--a sexy young local girl--to his famous actress mother Mado, and her lover Brice, an accomplished film director, an unraveling of the delicate peace in their house begins. The graceful beauty Lili, who dreams of becoming a famous actress like Mado, is immediately fascinated by Brice, who gladly falls prey to her charms. Lili's ambitions will stop at nothing and she soon seduces Brice into leaving Mado to take her to Paris so she can become a movie actress. Mado and Julien are left to pick up the pieces of their disrupted lives, and for Julien the loss is almost fatal. Five years later, Julien, now a more established filmmaker, remakes a fictionalized account of this disastrous love quadrangle, which nearly destroyed him. He reunites the characters--based on Mado, Brica and Lili--in his first, highly autobiographical, feature film. In real life, Lili is no longer with Brice, but indeed, she has become a famous actress. When she learns of Julien's new film, and that it's about that tempestuous summer of five years past, she tries to reconnect with him.

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Nicole Garcia
as Mado Marceaux
Jean-Pierre Marielle
as Simon Marceaux
Robinson Stévenin
as Julien Marceaux
Julie Depardieu
as Jeanne-Marie
Michel Piccoli
as Actor Who Plays Simon
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Critic Reviews for La Petite Lili

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (13)

[La Petite Lili] remains a decidedly halfhearted attempt to rework the romantic entanglements of The Seagull.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

A film that adapts the basic Russian classic and then breaks away in more ways than just the setting.

January 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Miller, a French director of dry humor and great skill, has taken the Chekhov outline and updated it to present-day France, substituting the cinema for literature.

December 10, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane.

December 9, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

Talky, pointless exercise.

November 12, 2004 | Rating: 1.5/4

Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins.

November 12, 2004 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for La Petite Lili

Quite an entertaining tale of a young girl taking advantage of what is before her to launch a career in film. There are scars, and hearts are broken, but life goes on. One time lovers Lili (Ludivine Sagnier) and Julien (Robinson Stevenin) collaborate on a short film that gets her noticed by Julien's mother's lover, a french movie director, Brice (Bernard Girardeau). Lili leaves with the older man and thereby becomes a star. When she finds out that Julien is making a film about the events of that summer, she angles for the part to play herself. Will the former lovers be able to set aside past hurts, or will the memory of old wounds open new rifts? On this the film hinges. Lots of lovely scenery, including a fully nude Sagnier early on, but a clear winner with or without it. Touching story that felt honest in the company of people to whom honesty is not seen as a virtue.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]"La Petite Lili" takes place in the French countryside where Julien(Robinson Stevenin) is a budding filmmaker who has just completed a short film starring his girlfriend, Lili(Ludivine Sagnier). He disdains the more commercial instincts of his stepfather, Brice(Bernard Girardeau), himself a successful director. At the screening, everything goes well until Julien is distracted by the fidgeting of his mother, Mado(Nicole Garcia), and stalks off...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"La Petite Lili" is a fairly moribund film about the loves and conflicts of family and friends during a weekend at the countryside until the last part of the movie where those events are put in sharp focus and the movie becomes much more interesting. [/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]Note: With the exception of Luc Besson, I have never thought of French cinema as being particularly commercial, but then I guess it is a matter of perspective.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

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