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L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie (2010)

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 »

Director:

Eric Lartigau

Writers:

Eric Lartigau (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Laurent de Bartillat (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Paul Exben
Marina Foïs ... Sarah Exben
Niels Arestrup ... Bartholomé
Branka Katic ... Ivana
Catherine Deneuve ... Anne
Eric Ruf Eric Ruf ... Grégoire Kremer
Enzo Caçote Enzo Caçote ... Hugo Exben
Luka Antic Luka Antic ... Baptiste
Rachel Desmarest ... Fiona Exben (as Rachel Berger)
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... Valéry Grey (as Esteban Carvajal Alegria)
Florence Muller Florence Muller ... Clarisse
Jean-Paul Bathany Jean-Paul Bathany ... Jean-Claude
Carole Weiss Carole Weiss ... Annie
Philippe Dusseau Philippe Dusseau ... Emmanuel
Olivier Rogers Olivier Rogers ... Pierre
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Serbian | English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek, który chcial zyc swoim zyciem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,760, 14 October 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$158,411, 16 December 2012
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Professional photographer Antoine d'Agata took the photos used in this film. Marina Foïs, who plays Sarah Exben in the film, had a postcard of Antoine d'Agata's work. She showed the postcard to the director, Eric Lartigau, who is also her husband. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Hell Freezes Over
Written by Mark Williams / Patrick Sturrock
Editions Music House - K Music
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One of TIFF 2010's best!
20 September 2010 | by armandcbrisSee all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2010 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, and it was a pleasant surprise.

Great performances, tightly directed, and a very compelling storyline, in addition to a being beautifully shot and using some great Magnum Photos in the film as part of the main character's unexpected shift into a new world and a new life.

Based on the American writer Douglas Kennedy's acclaimed book of the same name, but changed to a Euro setting, director Eric Lartigau easily shows how European filmmakers can take the themes of murder, obsession and identity to new artistic heights, while also giving us one of the best thrillers of 2010. It's a thriller as cinematic art as only the Europeans can do.

The film might not have gotten as much attention as other films at TIFF 2010, but it definitely should. I truly hope it gets a wider release here in Canada and elsewhere.

Seek it out. Decidedly worthwhile.


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