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  • G
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 21 min
  • 7.3  (3,889)

Lili is a heartwarming and emotionally captivating movie from 1953, directed by Charles Walters, and starring Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, and Jean-Pierre Aumont. The movie is set in a picturesque French village where a young girl named Lili arrives looking for a job. Lili is naive, inexperienced, and pregnant with high hopes and little direction. She is unable to find work, and soon meets a group of puppeteers who take her in and offer her a job.

Initially, Lili is intimidated by the loud and theatrical personalities of the puppeteers, but she quickly becomes enamored with their craft and the fantasy world they create. She falls in love with the charismatic puppeteer, Paul, played by Mel Ferrer, who also falls for her. However, Lili soon realizes that her fairytale love story is only a facade as Paul has a mysterious past and carries deep emotional trauma. Meanwhile, an older suave magician, played by Jean-Pierre Aumont, tries to come between Lili and Paul, adding another layer of emotional tension and complexity to the story.

As the movie progresses, Lili and the audience are taken on a magical, emotional journey full of heartbreak, hope, and survival. Lili's innocence, straightforwardness, and kindness move everyone she comes into contact with, and her transformative journey from a lost girl to a strong woman, and ultimately to a protector and friend is both inspiring and heartwarming.

The movie's beauty doesn't just lie in its captivating storyline, but also in the performances of the actors, particularly that of Leslie Caron. Caron's portrayal of Lili is remarkable; she brings genuine warmth, vulnerability, and humor to the character. Her performance amplifies Lili's journey from innocence to transformation, capturing the essence of the traumatic events happening in her life. Ferrer's portrayal of Paul is compelling and this is where the movie scores most of its tension. Paul is trying to escape from his past that has trapped him and is now haunting him, and Ferrer portrays that internal war graciously while still encompassing Paul's love for the people around him. The romantic tension between Paul and Lili, coupled with the film's sweet and melancholic music, makes for some stunningly emotional scenes. Jean-Pierre Aumont's character is less dynamic than the others, but still manages to bring an enticing charm to the movie's plot.

Aside from the incredible performances by the actors, Lili's charm lies in its cinematography and production design. The movie's set design, the natural landscapes, and the incredible use of music convey and augment the emotional struggles of the characters. The visuals in the puppet show scenes are particularly stunning, adding a layer of artistic expression to the movie.

In summary, Lili is a stirring and emotional movie that's filled with incredible performances, stunning visuals, and a captivating storyline that will leave you enthralled. Leslie Caron's performance is remarkable and the music, visuals and storyline all combine to create a magical film that remains timeless. It's a touching tale of self-discovery and transformation, with a timeless message that love and kindness can heal the deepest wounds. Anyone looking for a heartwarming and entertaining movie that will make them laugh, cry, and feel hopeful should consider giving this classic a chance.

Lili is a 1953 romance movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 21 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

Where to Watch Lili
Lili is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Apple TV, Amazon, Google Play, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Lili for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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    1 hr 21 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (3,889)