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The Big Picture (2010)

L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 12 October 2012 (USA)
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A successful Paris lawyer is forced to re-invent his life after he makes a fatal mistake.

Director:

Éric Lartigau (as Eric Lartigau)

Writers:

Éric Lartigau (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) (as Eric Lartigau), Laurent de Bartillat (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 4 more credits »
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Paul Exben
Marina Foïs ... Sarah Exben
Niels Arestrup ... Bartholomé
Branka Katic ... Ivana
Catherine Deneuve ... Anne
Eric Ruf Eric Ruf ... Grégoire Kremer
Enzo Caçote Enzo Caçote ... Hugo Exben
Luka Antic Luka Antic ... Baptiste
Rachel Desmarest ... Fiona Exben (as Rachel Berger)
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... Valéry Grey (as Esteban Carvajal Alegria)
Florence Muller Florence Muller ... Clarisse
Jean-Paul Bathany Jean-Paul Bathany ... Jean-Claude
Carole Weiss Carole Weiss ... Annie
Philippe Dusseau Philippe Dusseau ... Emmanuel
Olivier Rogers Olivier Rogers ... Pierre
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Storyline

Paul Exben is a success story - partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Standing over the corpse of his wife's lover, Paul knows that his perfect life has gone for good. But by assuming the dead man's identity and fleeing for an isolated part of former Yugoslavia on the beautiful Adriatic coast, Paul gets another shot at being himself and, at last, seeing the big picture. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Professional photographer Antoine d'Agata took the photos used in this film. Marina Foïs, who plays Sarah Exben in the film, had a postcard of Antoine d'Agata's work. She showed the postcard to the director, Éric Lartigau, who is also her husband. See more »

Goofs

As Paul watches from the shore, the sound and light from the explosion of his sailboat (on the horizon), reach him nearly simultaneously. At the height Paul was sitting, the horizon was roughly 5 miles away and the sound would take over 20 seconds to reach him, while the light would reach him almost instantly. See more »

Quotes

Paul Exben: What are you doing here?
Bartholomé: I'm sorry, I was in the mood for a little beer.
Paul Exben: Anyone else, besides me, likes beer.
Bartholomé: Sure, anyone else likes it, but I wanted to have a drink with you.
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Hell Freezes Over
Written by Mark Williams / Patrick Sturrock
Editions Music House - K Music
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A shocking discovery of a film
30 October 2012 | by xcentaurxSee all my reviews

Well to be honest i wasn't expecting much from this French thriller but i was convinced enough by the trailer that i should give it a try. When i started watching i realized how right i was about the film and how correctly i wasn't expecting much from the film. For about 50 minutes of the film i started counting the films i had seen based on wife cheating her husband, getting charged with infidelity and then good husband getting upset and finally taking care of the problem.

I shouldn't have watched this film i thought...

It was after the first 50 minutes of the film when i was taken aback by the jolting surprise and a bizarre movie experience which remained with me after few days even. THIS FILM MUST BE SEEN.

It explores that side of a character that is commonly not paid attention by the filmmakers. The movie takes a sharp turn and gets lost into infinity, where everything gets stagnant, slow and becomes endless. It can go on and on like this for hours. To me it felt very unusual experience, something both poetic and strange, beautiful and scary at the same time.

Eric Lartigau, the writer and the director did a fabulous job in both of his departments. Although a little more character development of the supporting roles in the second half would have been beneficial making the narrative more deep.

Romain Duris comes up with a startling performance, his character transitions from one mode to another and the actor just goes freely along with it. His deep influential performance is another fact why the movie haunts you after it ends. I was moved to tears by the intensity of his approach towards the character. This one role should transcend his career as an actor to higher level.

The movie was adorned with lilting musical score and gorgeous cinematography enhancing the impact of the film on the viewer. By the end i was thankful to myself that i saw the movie truly relying on my instincts, i was so glad i came across such a warm movie and I'm sure others who watch will feel the same.


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Details

Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Serbian | English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,760, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$158,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,013,768
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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