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The Big Picture (2010) More at IMDbPro »L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie (original title)

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The Big Picture -- On the brink of taking over at his law firm, Paul Exben's life takes a turn as he learns his wife has been cheating on him.
The Big Picture -- After the accidental death of his wife's lover leaves him wanted for murder, a handsome Parisian lawyer flees to Montenegro where he creates a new identity for himself and finds an opportunity to fulfill his dream of being a successful photographer. But the life he's engineered becomes increasingly dangerous as his newfound fame begins to draw unwanted attention from the authorities.
The Big Picture -- On the brink of taking over at his law firm, Paul Exben's life takes a turn as he learns his wife has been cheating on him. A confrontation between the two men leads to fatal consequences, causing Paul to assume the man's identity and fleeing for an isolated life on the Adriatic coast. Assuming the role of a photographer, Paul rediscovers himself, though his past soon catches up with him.


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  (in credits order)

Romain Duris ... Paul Exben

Marina Foïs ... Sarah Exben

Niels Arestrup ... Bartholomé

Branka Katic ... Ivana

Catherine Deneuve ... Anne
Eric Ruf ... Grégoire Kremer
Enzo Caçote ... Hugo Exben
Luka Antic ... Baptiste

Rachel Desmarest ... 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
Pauline Guimard ... Morgane
Valérie Even ... Estelle
Eric Thomas ... Le père de famille
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam ... Erwan
Thibault De Lussy ... Alan (as Thibaut de Lussy)
Jules Lachaux ... Doublure Baptiste
Romain Rouet ... Doublure Baptiste
Achille Gayrard ... Doublure Baptiste
Jadranka Mamic ... Judy
Zinaida Dedakin ... Linda
Zlata Numanagic ... Agent immobilier
Steven Radusinovic ... Vendeur photo (as Stevan Radusinovic)
Vanja Lazin ... Propriétaire galerie
Filip Kalezic ... Vilko
Alija Ademovic ... Le vieux gymnaste
Ljubica Barac ... L'épicière
John Rogers ... Robin
Kristina Stevovic ... Assistante galeriste
Aleksandar Markovic ... Immigrant albanais
Branka Otasevic ... Serveuse 1
Rajka Gacevic ... Vendeur de journaux
Bojana Knezevic Radinkovic ... Réceptionniste (as Bojana Knezevic)
Slobodan Marunovic ... Le capitaine cargo

Petar Buric ... Marin du port
Dejan Ivanic ... Marin 1
Sejfo Seferovic ... Marin 2
Zelimir Soso ... Cuisinier cargo
Dragan Oluic ... Marin hagard
Bogoljub Mitic ... Lothar (as Bogoljub Mitic-Djosa)
Zef Dedivanovic ... Propriétaire maison Monténégro
Simo Trebjesanin ... Policier 1
Aleksandar Gavranic ... Policier 2
Jelena Simic ... Serveuse 2
Mihailo Radojicic ... Patron de presse italien
Slavko Kalezic ... Journaliste italien
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Kennedy ... Guy in the crowd

Directed by
Eric Lartigau 
Writing credits
Eric Lartigau (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) &
Laurent de Bartillat (scenario, adaptation and dialogue)

Emmanuelle Bercot (with the collaboration of) &
Bernard Jeanjean (with the collaboration of)

Douglas Kennedy (based on the novel by: "The Big Picture")

Stéphane Cabel (participation)

Produced by
Didier Hoarau .... executive producer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam .... producer
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic .... line producer: Montenegro
Original Music by
Evgueni Galperine 
Sacha Galperine 
Cinematography by
Laurent Dailland 
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
Casting by
Pierre-Jacques Bénichou 
Makeup Department
Vanja Burzan .... assistant hair stylist
Nicolas Herlin .... special makeup effects artist
Stanislava Kolouh .... assistant hair stylist
Pascal Larue .... special makeup effects artist
Jane Milon .... key hair stylist
Jean-Christophe Roger .... additional makeup artist
Emina Zecevic .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Gregory Barrau .... unit production manager
Matthias Castegnaro .... assistant production manager
David Deshayes .... unit manager: road trip
Damien Gayrard .... assistant unit manager
Pauline Gilbert .... post-production manager
Sylvain Maignan .... assistant unit manager
Alix Sidem .... assistant production manager
Aleksandar Tadic .... unit production manager: Montenegro
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Georges Candilis .... trainee assistant director
Cristina Freitas .... third assistant director
Milan Kilibarda .... second second assistant director
Milana Milunovic .... third assistant director
Jessica Palud .... second assistant director
Emmanuel Ramade .... trainee assistant director
Art Department
Louis Boulenouar .... tapestry-maker
Olivier de Chancel .... props
Anne-Sophie Delaunay .... assistant set decorator
Marko Dimitrijevic .... property buyer
Jasna Dragovic .... set decorator: Montenegro
Mathieu Junot .... assistant art director
Mathieu Jurgenson .... digital artist
Baptiste Magis .... second assistant art director
Radoslav Mihajlovic .... leadman
Goran Milosevic .... chargehand dresser
Termet Nuki .... stand by painter
Christophe Offret .... property master
Sara Sablic .... art department coordinator
Stanisa Savic .... painter
Dejan Stefanovic .... property buyer
François Willenz .... digital artist
Sound Department
Thomas Bernard .... sound recordist
Cédric Deloche .... dialogue editor
Pierre Excoffier .... sound
Valentin Excoffier .... second sound assistant
Geraldine Falieu .... foley crew
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound re-recording mixer
Loïc Gourbe .... sound recordist
Jovo Kljajic .... adr recordist
Gwennolé Le Borgne .... supervising sound editor
Géraldine Mangenot .... sound
Josselin Panchout .... re-recording production sound mixer
Florian Penot .... assistant foley artist
Pierre Picq .... boom operator
Olivier Varenne .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Frédéric Lainé .... special effects makeup
Milos Vukovic .... special effects crew
Clément Wintz .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Gaëlle Bossis .... digital compositor
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
Delphine Garrelis .... digital compositor
Pascal Laurent .... visual effects producer
Thibault Martegani .... digital compositor
Rodney Musso .... assistant colorist: Digital Factory
Jean-Francois Theault .... digital compositor
Olivier Veau .... digital compositor
Milan Alavanja .... stunt rigger
Miroslav Borkovic .... stunt double
Vladan Gostiljac .... stunt performer
Vladislav Hujbner .... stunt double
Slavisa Ivanovic .... local stunt coordinator
Slavisa Ivanovic .... stunt performer
David Julienne .... stunt driver
Michel Julienne .... stunt driver
Dalibor Kostic .... stunt performer
Olivier Schneider .... fight choreographer
Miroslav Vuckovic .... stunt rigger
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean-Paul Agostini .... camera operator
Loïc Andrieu .... additional steadicam operator
Christophe Bassoulet .... electrician
Xavier Bompard .... video assist
Dragan Djordjevic .... loader
Gil Fontbonne .... key grip
Arnaud Gervet .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Arnaud Gervet .... second assistant camera
Bruno Glasberg .... electrician
Slobodan Gojkovic .... local gaffer
Srdjan Gojkovic .... rigging gaffer
Agnes Jeanneau .... additional first assistant camera
Milenko Knezevic .... rigging technician
Océane Lavergne .... first assistant camera
Erwann Le Pogam .... grip
Johan Lecomte .... grip
Maud Lemaistre .... first assistant camera: retakes
Pascal Pajaud .... gaffer
Jean-Baptiste Perrin .... electrician
Borislav Romcevic .... rigger
Nicolas Sommermeyer .... best boy grip
Cedomir Subotic .... grip
Nenad Vasic .... local key grip
Milos Vidakovic .... electrician
Branimir Zivkovic .... video operator
Casting Department
Rachel Desmarest .... casting associate (as Rachel Berger)
Anne Fremiot .... extras casting
Milana Milunovic .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Perrine Bekaert .... second assistant editor
Lara Courcelle .... assistant editor
Clément Guégan .... digital conformation
Isabelle Julien .... colorist
Margot Meynier .... assistant editor
Music Department
Victor Durox .... music stage manager
Evgueni Galperine .... music programmer
Evgueni Galperine .... musician: piano, clarinet
Evgueni Galperine .... orchestrator
Sacha Galperine .... music programmer
Sacha Galperine .... musician: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric basse
Sacha Galperine .... orchestrator
Pierre Giraud .... music mixer
Hervé Jamet .... scoring engineer
Mikhail Krutik .... first violin (as Michail Krutik)
Aymeric Letoquart .... music editor
Didier Lizé .... music mixer
Alexandre Mahout .... music director
Alexandre Mahout .... music supervisor
Anna Polonskaya .... music stage manager
Evgueni Polonsky .... music stage manager
Vsevolod Polonsky .... conductor
Vsevolod Polonsky .... scoring
Vadim Shakov .... music production supervisor
Sergey Sokolov .... music engineer (as Sergei Sokolov)
St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra .... performed by (as L'Orchestre symphonique de Saint-Petersbourg)
Michael Wijnen .... executive music producer
Michael Wijnen .... head of music department
Michael Wijnen .... music supervisor
Daniil Zosin .... music engineer (as Danil Zosin)
Transportation Department
Uros Boric .... driver: makeup/hair trailer
Matija Colic .... driver: motorhome
Sandro Curuvija .... driver: set dressing truck
Vojislav Djordjevic .... driver: genny
Igor Jabucanin .... production driver
Nenad Krainovic .... driver: wardrobe truck
Goran Lakovic .... driver: cast
Igor Latkovic .... production driver
Vladimir Maric .... driver: cast
Antonio Metodiev .... driver: genny
Sasa Milasevic .... unit driver
Milan Milisic .... driver: grip truck
Vlatko Nedovic .... driver: cast
Nenad Novakovic .... driver: motorhome
Slavko Novakovic .... transportation coordinator
Alen Petkovic .... driver: cast
Nenad Popovic .... driver: electric truck
Dusko Prokopic .... driver: catering truck
Nikola Simic .... picture car coordinator
Olivier Suffert .... driver
Dejan Vucic .... unit driver
Vladimir Zecevic .... driver: production trailer
Other crew
Romain Benoist .... production accountant
Mislav Bradvic .... craft service
Milica Bregovic .... assistant location manager
Alexandre Chauvet .... assistant accountant
Marlene Chavant .... director: making of
Antonio Cides .... car preparer
Zoja Djordjevic .... production coordinator
Sandra Djurickovic .... accountant: Montenegro
Romuald Drault .... production accountant supervisor
David Edouard .... assistant unit manager
Zelimir Hren .... head caterer
Sanja Ilic .... assistant accountant
Milan Kobali .... assistant accountant
Iva Plemic .... assistant production coordinator
Velisa Popovic .... location assistance: Podgorica
Vladimir Popovic .... production assistant
Sasa Radulovic .... location manager
Alix Sidem .... production secretary
Bakovic Silva .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie" - France (original title)
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France:114 min
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Factual errors: 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 »
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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A man forced to be what he really wanted to be, sort of. A photographic thriller., 22 September 2013
Author: secondtake from United States

The Big Picture (2010)

Terrific vibes here, and a euphoric basic idea of a man getting out of a troubled situation and going for broke, for happiness. Literally, and spiritually.

First there is the set-up: a happy, charming, positive Paul Exben (played by the cheerful French actor Romain Duris). He's got an unhappy, negative wife and a kid who loves him and an infant who doesn't know what he wants (except to cry a lot). He's a photographer in the new manner, using high tech computers and high end printers. He loves being who he is, and is very successful financially.

But the wife is bitter and unyielding. Things are going to go wrong and they do. Exactly how (involving another photographer, a man who is very old school with a darkroom and enlarger) is partly what the movie is about, and the surprise is one of its peaks. Then the movie takes some amazing turns.

I say amazing but really there is a lot of incredulity built in. Would Paul Exben really go so far? Wasn't there a simpler solution (many of them)? If the end goal really was to "start over" in a manner of speaking, wouldn't there be ways of doing that and not sabotaging everything else? Maybe not, but then we should have been set up better for all the implications.

The movie's original title is "L'homme Qui Voulait Vivre Sa Vie," or "The Man Who Wanted to Live His Life." That's sooooo much better and more compelling. And that's what the movie is about. But the English title reminds us that photography, and this photographer, are central to it all, and I'm a photographer. I've been that old school type (by necessity) for decades and still have an enlarger (and a university darkroom) at my fingertips. But I have also moved almost completely into new school photography with inkjet printing and such.

I have to say, this movie made me want to get back in the darkroom. Not that there are scenes that romanticize that. More that there are lots of flaws and mistakes in pointing out the differences. Our man Exben ends up ditching his fancy Canon gear and getting an old Nikon film camera and a couple of lenses. Then he starts to print, rediscovering his roots. And then on his darkroom wall are some color prints--absolutely impossible with some trays as shown. And pretty much not possible period these days. Yet his new direction in color is what takes his career new places. I found the photography stuff annoying and enchanting, both. If you're not into the field, you'll probably just like the enchantment part. Never mind the far too easy gallery luck near the end.

But the movie is about what the French title suggests--and here it falters, too. Is this a man who is really living his life? In some obvious ways yes. But the existential drama could have (and should have?) taken this far deeper. By the final scenes where our man is photographing a horrifying event from a distance (and then sells some illogically close-up photos of the event to a publisher) we get a sense that he is truly dedicated. But also a bit lost. An opportunist. A man who accepts being trapped by circumstance.

In a way, this is a movie waiting to be remade. It wouldn't take much to make it a classic look at the human condition, with some attractive hooks along the way. What we have isn't so bad, but it offers more than it delivers.

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