La Petite Lili
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Anton Chekhov's The Seagull receives an updated adaptation in this drama from veteran French filmmaker Claude Miller. Mado (Nicole Garcia) is a successful actress who is spending the summer at her country estate with her boyfriend, Brice (Bernard Giraudeau), a noted filmmaker who directed her latest picture. Also staying with Mado is her son, Julien (Robinson StÚvenin), a budding experimental filmmaker with a combustible personality who is infatuated with Lili (Ludivine Sagnier), a beautiful young woman whose family lives nearby. Lili is attentive but cool around Julien, who doesn't… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

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"Miller crafts a warmly, but not entirely optimistic fable about the salutary power of lazy afternoons, meals taken at dusk beneath outdoor tents and, ultimately, of moviemaking itself."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Like the play, it's acutely perceptive, universally empathetic and humane."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"those hoping for a dramatic finish are going to come up short"
‑ Christopher Null,
"The understated, unsettling sexuality of Ludivine Sagnier vamps James Deanish-Robinson StÚvenin in Claude Miller's attractive adaptation of Checkov's The Seagull."
‑ Tony Medley,
"Centers on a small family of wealthy, prominent celebrities, whose indulgent infighting feels forced and predictable"
‑ Jesse Paddock,
"A film that adapts the basic Russian classic and then breaks away in more ways than just the setting."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Talky, pointless exercise."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"It's a simple story, but it's sort of satisfying to see the way they come full circle, using 'the movie within the movie' concept to wrap everything up."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"Sagnier plays her sensuality for all it's worth... which is undisguised and considerable, and provides the glue for a tale that could easily come apart."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Miller has smoothly transformed Chekov's masterpiece into a critique of his own art -- cinema -- while respectfully retaining the playwright's core themes."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Miller takes Chekhov's themes and checks them off, but he never gets under his egocentric characters' thin skins."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A rather slight work, but especially for those acquainted with 'The Seagull' it should prove an intriguing exercise in translation."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"The film explores the conflict between idealistic youth and pragmatic maturity, respecting each in turn, but succeeds best in underscoring the power of youthful sexuality."
‑ Wendy Weinstein, Film Journal International
"Its lush feel and affectionate tone are a movie-loving Francophile's dream come true."
‑ , E! Online
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