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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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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Eric Ruf ...
Grégoire Kremer
Enzo Caçote ...
Hugo Exben
Luka Antic ...
Baptiste
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Fiona Exben (as Rachel Berger)
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ...
Valéry Grey (as Esteban Carvajal Alegria)
Florence Muller ...
Clarisse
Jean-Paul Bathany ...
Jean-Claude
Carole Weiss ...
Annie
Philippe Dusseau ...
Emmanuel
Olivier Rogers ...
Pierre
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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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Drama | Thriller

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12 October 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Busca de Uma Nova Vida  »

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$13,760 (USA) (12 October 2012)

Gross:

$158,411 (USA) (14 December 2012)
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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 »

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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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Written by Mark Williams / Patrick Sturrock
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On the nature of identity
31 December 2012 | by (Saffron Walden, UK) – See all my reviews

Eric Lartigau's film, 'The Big Picture', begins as a thriller, but ends more as an existential meditation on life (the literal translation of its French title, 'The Man Who Wanted to Live his Life', is much more apt than its dull replacement). A man ends up living, first in the shoes of another man, and ultimately as an anonymous nobody: he initial decision to give up his identity is a choice, albeit in straightened circumstances, but its consequences have to be experienced to be understood. The initial portion of the film has the feel of a thriller and does not seem especially well-acted; the latter half is more interesting, but overall, an abbreviated feel permeates the movie. Whereas Antonioni's 'The Passenger', which I also saw recently and which follows a similar course, is all about mood (only hinting at plot), here the balance is different, and the more interesting, introspective aspects are occasionally rushed. There's a lot of interest here, and some ambition on the part of the director; but some of its ideas could, I think, have been allowed a bit more space to breathe.


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