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The Big Picture (2010)
"L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  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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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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Em Busca de Uma Nova Vida  »

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

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$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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Volcano
Written by Beck (as Beck Hansen)
Performed by Beck
Edité par Youthless (ASCAP)
Sous-édité par Fintage Publishing & Collection B.V.
(P) 2008 XL Recording Limited
ISRC No:US-UM7-08-18995
Issu de l'album "Modern Guit" XLCD 369
Avec l'aimable autorisation de XL Recording Ltd
www.xlrecording.com
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Absorbing-to-nothing French thriller adaptation
29 February 2012 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

Eric Lartigau's thriller is a cunning film. The tension remains right up to the end, although it's also rather disappointing that it has gone nowhere. Romain Duris' Paul has either got some sort of deep-hidden secret (popped into relief by the suggestion that he had an exciting creative career ahead of him that he abandoned) that is to be revealed or we are to discover some moral to his pursuit of 'the life he wants to live' (to borrow the French title).

Instead the film is actually in each of the episodes along the way that Lartigau concocts; how Paul builds something from a situation that seems simple and moves on from it when it becomes complicated. It's fluid, liberating but strangely unedifying. I liked the editing and the location shooting of both Paris and South East Europe. Niels Arestrup puts in a small turn later on which is as good as anything else in the film, including Catherine Deneuve's professional appearance. Slick but slippery 5/10


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