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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 -- 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.
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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Paul Exben is a success story - partner in one of Paris's most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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
Philippe Penot .... 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
Miguel Bejo .... telecine dailies colorist
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
Sergei Sokolov .... music engineer
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 .... unit manager assistant
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
Aspect Ratio:
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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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6 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
A shocking discovery of a film, 30 October 2012
Author: murtaza murad from Pakistan

Well to be honest i wasn't expecting much from this French thriller but i was convinced enough by the trailer that i should give it a try. When i started watching i realized how right i was about the film and how correctly i wasn't expecting much from the film. For about 50 minutes of the film i started counting the films i had seen based on wife cheating her husband, getting charged with infidelity and then good husband getting upset and finally taking care of the problem.

I shouldn't have watched this film i thought...

It was after the first 50 minutes of the film when i was taken aback by the jolting surprise and a bizarre movie experience which remained with me after few days even. THIS FILM MUST BE SEEN.

It explores that side of a character that is commonly not paid attention by the filmmakers. The movie takes a sharp turn and gets lost into infinity, where everything gets stagnant, slow and becomes endless. It can go on and on like this for hours. To me it felt very unusual experience, something both poetic and strange, beautiful and scary at the same time.

Eric Lartigau, the writer and the director did a fabulous job in both of his departments. Although a little more character development of the supporting roles in the second half would have been beneficial making the narrative more deep.

Romain Duris comes up with a startling performance, his character transitions from one mode to another and the actor just goes freely along with it. His deep influential performance is another fact why the movie haunts you after it ends. I was moved to tears by the intensity of his approach towards the character. This one role should transcend his career as an actor to higher level.

The movie was adorned with lilting musical score and gorgeous cinematography enhancing the impact of the film on the viewer. By the end i was thankful to myself that i saw the movie truly relying on my instincts, i was so glad i came across such a warm movie and I'm sure others who watch will feel the same.

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