With a very well written script and some good actors to put out the best and the worst of their characters, "Les petits mouchoirs" refers about a meaningful french saying and is about the things we try to forget, to hide, by simply "putting them in our pockets with a handkerchief on top of it". With moments of pure joy and drama, it was very relaxing watching this. The end was more intense, very emotional. 7.75
Wow! That was a surprise. I was expecting a good relaxed film to have a nice evening with and this thing took me into another world completely. What an amazing group of actors! The filming is so urgent, so pure, so real! The slightest expressions are immediately clear, no need for words. My only concern was that the escalation of the drama at the end was a bit too much, in an overall very well balanced film.
I hated it, but I keep thinking about it. Seems typical of contemporary French cinema with its detestable characters, rampant non sequiturs, and terrible taste in music. But the film's hysterics have an interest of their own, maybe a sort of puppet-show appeal.
There's something so pure and real about French films and the way they tackle real matters, how they portray relationships with such rawness. How they make me laugh and cry. Loved the performances, loved the narrative, loved the cinematography. I know I loved them because I hardly noticed they were there. I felt like I was on vacation with these friends. With this family. Missing Ludo.
Though the film does have much to applaud. A strong cast, all of whom rise to engage with the material as well as a brave observation of difficult material. The film still struggles with moments of melodrama a gimmicks to capture the attention of the viewer. The film rings with notes of false tones that detract from the emotional heft that it could otherwise hold. I liked the process and potential more than the film.