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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
) 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.
An executive with a seemingly perfect life discovers his wife is having an affair, and murders her lover in a moment of madness. He escapes the law by assuming his victim's identity and making a fresh start on the Adriatic coast, which leads him to realise what was missing in his life. Drama, starring Romain Duris and Marina Fois. In French.
Cast & Crew
Violence, swearing and sex scenes.
DVD and Blu-ray
22 Jul 2011
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