The Big Picture

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The Big Picture

Eric Lartigau (2010)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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

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
Director Eric Lartigau
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Other Information

Language: French +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Artificial EyeGuidance: Violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Jul 2011