The Big Picture

  • 15
  • Eric Lartigau (2010)
  • Fr (SUB)
  • 111 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

The original title of this slick but implausible French drama translates as "The Man Who Wanted to Live His Life". It's less snappy than The Big Picture, but maybe more descriptive. Gallic heart-throb Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Heartbreaker) plays a lawyer and amateur photographer whose life is steadily diverging from his ideal of it. When he accidentally kills his wife's lover, a professional photographer, he sees and seizes the chance to change his circumstances. Eric Lartigau's film is glossily watchable, but it's hampered by a central conceit that never really convinces, and not even a cameo from screen legend Catherine Deneuve can lift proceedings.

Plot Summary

Drama starring Romain Duris. Lawyer Paul Exben is successful but unfulfilled, and also believes his wife is having an affair with a jet-setting photographer. When he confronts her lover, Paul is presented with an opportunity to start a new life - but it's not without risk.

Cast and crew

Cast

Paul Exben
Romain Duris
Sarah Exben
Marina Foïs
Bartholomé
Niels Arestrup
Ivana
Branka Katic
Anne
Catherine Deneuve
Grégoire
Eric Ruf
Hugo
Enzo Caçote
Baptiste
Luka Antic
Fiona
Rachel Berger
Valéry
Esteban Carjaval-Alegria

Crew

Director
Eric Lartigau

Other Information

Language: 
French +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Artificial Eye
Guidance: 
Violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 22 Jul 2011
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama

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