The Big Picture [Blu-ray]
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With Hitchcockian precision and echoes of Patricia Highsmith s Tom Ripley, director Eric Lartigau (The Players, I Do) explores the themes of identity and creativity through one man s gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro and points beyond, crafting a suspenseful thriller about the dangers that persist even after one engineers the ultimate fresh start.
Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ... --Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Lartigau creates the tension of a Hitchcockian thriller --Chris Packman, Village Voice
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However, if we had a legitimate reason to withdraw from the society of which we're a participant, there's certain a `right way' and a `wrong way' to go about it. What's chiefly on display in THE BIG PICTURE is a life lesson about the lesser risks and greater dangers of doing it without adequate preparation.
(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and character. If you're the kind of person who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to the last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few modest hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)
Paul Exben (played convincingly by Romain Duris) is a successful Parisian lawyer who's "living the dream" (or so he thought); his wife Sarah (Marina Foïs) and their two children have only started to wear on his real-world sensibilities, and his boss Anne (the lovely Catherine Deneuve, in too short an appearance) is about to retire from the business for medical reasons that would leave him completely in charge of the firm. However, Paul senses something isn't quite right at home.Read more ›
He loves his two children and put on acts of capriciousness to endear him to them, which seems to have the opposite effect on his wife. Then he starts to notice subtle changes in his wife's behaviour; Sarah (Maria Fois) seems to be on a short fuse when ever he is around and more relaxed around a certain other man. This man is a jobbing photographer Gregoire; Paul is a rich amateur who had once held ambitions of being a good photographer himself once upon a time.
Then her sudden new taste for New Zealand `Cloudy Bay' and long lunch engagement gets him more suspicious. Things come to a head at a dinner party where one sauvignon blanc too many leads him to act the oaf. The following day spur of the moment decision start a series of events that even `The A Team' would be hard pushed to put right.
This is a well crafted drama with an under lying current of tension that lends more to a thriller than a life tale. The ever presence of photography runs through out and acts like a thread tying all the disparate parts of the story together.
It is beautifully shot too, with some almost iconic shots and great use of scenery and space. The acting is all well above average and Roman Duris does a particularly good performance. Director Eric Lartigan has made a beautifully filmed, challengingly framed and original piece of cinema. Some may find the plot a bit of a stretch, but it is dealing with a situation that few people would ever find them selves in and I found it very entertaining.
Duris plays a successful lawyer with a seemingly perfect life. He has wealth, high profile clients, a business partner who wants to put him in charge, two cute kids, and a supportive wife. To all appearances, he is living the dream. But the veneer of normalcy and happiness starts to crumble when he becomes suspicious that his wife is discontent. Even as he struggles to rebuild intimacy, he doesn't want to face the evidence in front of him. When unexpected tragedy strikes, however, he is thrust headfirst into a nightmare from which there may be no escape. But a careful plan sets him on a new course. And in the least likely way, he will begin to understand just what is important in life and learn to become the man he was meant to be. But his grasp on this new realization is tenuous as well. Can he hold on? And should he?Read more ›
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We love Romain Duris and have thoroughly enjoyed many of his films including Paris, Heartbreaker, L'Auberge Espagnole and its follow-up Russian Dolls... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Andy Orrock
One overly long tedious movie. I wanted to turn it off in the middle but suffered to the end. I hoped the male actor would get a shave and a haircut when he took a shower... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Jay Holder
The title of the film did not bode well, The Big Picture in English. I read the French title as the opening credits rolled, the translation, "The Man Who Wanted To Live His... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dan Lebryk
I really like the main actors, the subject matter is interesting, the first twist was surprising, and the movie started very strong. Read morePublished on December 17, 2013 by sila
Thank You Amazon.com for all you're hard work to make it possible to have access to great foreign films, and thank you French filmmakers for staying true to your artistic passions... Read morePublished on December 9, 2013 by Steve
An interesting nicely paced non-boring movie, but there was nobody in it that I liked, cared about, or rooted for. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by Chief Thunder-Thud, of the Ojito Tribe
If you loved "The Talented Mister Ripley" or just enjoyed it you should enjoy this as well. The cinematography is striking and the premise is thrilling. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by judy
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