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Paul Exben (Romain Duris, Russian Dolls, Paris) is a handsome and successful Parisian lawyer with a beautiful wife, two children, and a glimmering future in the firm he co-owns with his mentor, Anne (Catherine Deneuve). But behind this deceptively perfect façade lies a restless spirit who s uncomfortable in his conformist life and envies the freedom of his neighbor Greg, an uncompromising photojournalist. After Greg s unexpected death throws his life into chaos, Paul embarks on a cross-continent odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention, leading him to uncover the answer to the question: is it possible to become someone else?
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.
It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion. --Michael O Sullivan, Washington Post
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
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 2 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 11 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 18 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 21 months ago 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 22 months ago 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 22 months ago 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