|La Petite Lili
A Film by Claude Miller
100 minutes, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2003
Ludivine Sagnier stars as Lili, the love and muse of an idealistic young filmmaker in this modern adaptation of Chekovís classic play The Seagull.
The story revolves around Mado, a movie-star past her prime who owns an elegant chateau in the serene French countryside. Madoís lover Brice is a successful director who continues to cast Mado in his films. Her son Julien, an aspiring filmmaker, despises his "sell-out" mother, but at the same time yearns for her approval. Lili, Julien's girlfriend (and lead actress), is intent on escaping the lowly life of a poor country girl and dreams of stardom.
From its opening scene- one of the steamiest sexual encounters in film- this provocative reinvention of Chekov is "a first-rate piece of cinema, acutely perceptive, universally empathic and humane." (Chicago Tribune)
Sagnier, Nicole Garcia, Bernard Giraudeau, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Robinson Stévenin,
Julie Depardieu, Yves Jacques, and Michel Piccoli.
"A stunning coup de cinema!" - Variety
"Intelligent, first-rate cinema!" - Chicago Tribune
"Ingeniously freewheeling, bracingly optimistic." - The New York Times
"An adroit exploration of love and ambition, life and art." - L.A. Times
"Splendidly acted and directed!" - Christian Science Monitor
"A work of whimsy, passion, visual lushness and no small degree of warmth for its characters, and that's saying something." - Hollywood Reporter
glowing images ease into one another like leaves turning in a summer breeze,
while the performances are similarly effortless." - L.A.
● Interviews with Claude Miller and Ludivine Sagnier