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The Big Picture [DVD]

Romain Duris , Catherine Deneuve , Eric Lartigau    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve, Niels Arestrup
  • Directors: Eric Lartigau
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005923O8O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Paul Exben (Romain Duris - Heartbreaker, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is a success story. He has a great job, a glamorous wife and two wonderful sons. Except that this is not the life he has been dreaming of. A moment of madness is going to change his life forever, forcing him to assume a new identity that will enable him to live his life fully… With an amazing supporting cast including Catherine Deneuve (Potiche) Marina Fois (22 Bullets) and Niels Arestrup (A Phophet) The Big PIcture is a fast paced thriller based on the best selling novel by Douglas Kennedy.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: French ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), French ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: 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. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Ceasar Awards, ...The Big Picture (2010) ( L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie )

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Can't We Make Them Like This? 18 Jan 2012
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Another first class, tightly plotted, well cast and superbly directed French art house thriller that lures you in and grips throughout.
If Hitch were alive today, I swear he'd be a Frenchman. They seem to have a knack for making intelligent movies that are visually exciting without having to revert to a whole load of superfluous special effects.
If you enjoyed "Tell No One", "Pour Elle" and the excellent "Plender", you'll love this.
The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the end is not as strong as the rest of the film.
Enyoy - I did!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BIG PICTURE directed by Eric Lartigau 13 May 2014
By Yohji
A successful Parisian lawyer has it all - money, happy kids, a beautiful wife - but is still unhappy. When he discovers his wife's affair he does something which compels his to flee his old life -- and to find out what he was missing too.

This is an excellent thriller which omits most of the usual trappings of the genre. It's very smallness and realism is what lends it the power it has -- especially the scene with the illegal immigrants on the ship, which is horrifying in its simplicity.

The focus isn't on the usual car-chases or gunfights but rather on a character finding out what was missing in his life. In many ways it's a character piece, superbly carried by Romain Duris. Intelligent and adult, it's well worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie 17 Oct 2013
it has flaws, some dodgy bits very early on and an odd ending, but it is a quality film noir.
8 out of 10 on first viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not particularly taut, tense or utterly unique 23 Dec 2013
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I don't normally care whether or not if a movie is slightly far-fetched, this has it's moments, but there are some silly turns of events
I still enjoyed it, although they could have cast someone better than Romain Duris.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting tension 10 April 2013
By P. J. Salisbury VINE VOICE
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'The Big Picture' opens with a wistful and unfulfilled Romain Duris putting on a brave face for the benefit of his work colleagues and family, especially his children. His behaviour contrasts starkly with that of his icily distant wife (Marina Fois). Duris is superb as the husband whose careful juggling of expectations is shattered in a moment of confrontation. He is left with mere seconds to decide what to do, and the course he chooses leaves him constantly looking over his shoulder.

Niels Arestrup plays a deliciously enigmatic drunk and Catherine Deneuve's natural warmth is a delight. The editing makes each scene last no longer than necessary, producing a fast-paced, yet extremely detailed narrative. The ending is quite abrupt but provides a sufficiently logical and satisfying closure to the plot.

DVD extras include a subtitled interview with Douglas Kennedy (author of the novel on which the film was based) and director Eric Lartigau. There is also a 'Making Of' feature, and 'a meeting with' Eric Lartigau, Maria Fois and Romain Duris.

This is a film in which the realism is so intense that I felt completely immersed in the lives of the characters. It is a real find for me and one I shall be watching again with even greater anticipation than the first time.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as solid as the book 29 April 2012
When I first saw this title I was ecstatic; the book by Douglas Kennedy was one I adored and had read numerous times. I was expecting a low budget US straight-to-DVD effort which i'd hoped would be faithful to the novel.

Surprised was I to see it had been transported to Paris with essentially the same story.

In fairness, I may have given it four stars had I not known the story in advance as it is a cracker, so I guess I knew what to expect. Essentially, it's a story of 'what if'. What would you do if you had your time again unencumbered with responsibilities; if you could pursue your dreams without compromise?

That's it in a nutshell, our hero is a frustrated photographer in a job he doesn't particularly like, in a loveless marriage. A freak accident affords him the chance to start over again.

I did like this interpretation as it was largely faithful to the novel. The only drawback was that - due to the plot- a fair amount of the film involved two differing nationalities speaking English which I found hard to understand at times. Although, the ending was different and better for it which I was pleased about.

In short, a good film though i'd recommend the book first.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classy thriller with arthouse sensibilities 28 July 2011
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Romain Duris is superb. He carries this intelligent French thriller about a Parisian lawyer with the seemingly perfect life who kills his wife's lover and then assumes his identity as a photographer in Montenegro, finding his true self but never quite able to escape his former life, principally due to the talent he displays in his new-found profession.

Catherine Deneuve makes a fleeting appearance as the dying boss that Duris leaves behind in Paris, and it is the characters in Montenegro that are more real and fascinating than their seemingly superficial counterparts. Duris's main struggle in the first half of the film is how he can leave his children behind: his struggle in the second concerns the attempt to find himself. It's not your average mid-life crisis.

The film is paced beautifully: not as abrupt or violent as 'Taken' or 'Mesrine', and actually sits in a different class to either, being less thriller and more arthouse, which the film benefits from. I caught this in London after having just seen 'Tree of Life' and the advantage this film has over Malik's masterpiece is that the story, a linear one, is of more general appeal, but it shares the same sensitivity to cinematographical expanse, beauty of shot and a slower pace reminiscent of movies in days gone by. It never drags, and I was hooked from the first few moments of the film, principally because of Duris's performance. It may, dare I say it, even be worthy of a nod at the Oscars, and this has got to be in with a shout at best foreign film.

Four stars, as the ending didn't quite satisfy me, but the whole experience did. Well worth a spin.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars a fable about a man finding himself
The less you know about this film, the more you are likely to enjoy it. It starts off as a domestic drama, turns thriller, then existential road movie, before coming to a robust... Read more
Published 19 months ago by tallmanbaby
3.0 out of 5 stars You must change your life.
Taken from a Douglas Kennedy novel and transplanted to France,The Bigger Picture seems to suggest that sometimes your life is transformed as a result of changing circumstances that... Read more
Published 19 months ago by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars A glossy French thriller with substance
Romain Duris is frequently described as being the "French Robert De Niro" and has cropped up in a number of films of varying quality. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ian Thumwood
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it !
Why Oh Why are we not able to make these type of films ? simple effective great acting/cast, scenery was out of this world, great story behind the film, well worth a punt ! Read more
Published 24 months ago by M. Neale
5.0 out of 5 stars Gets the mood of the book just right
The Big Picture was the first Douglas Kennedy book I ever read and was excited when a film version finally came out. Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2012 by Gramm
4.0 out of 5 stars "...You Almost Got Away With It..." - The Big Picture on BLU RAY
Paul Exben is a young Parisian man in his mid Thirties who seems to have it all - a beautiful writer wife - two lovely young children who adore him - a high-powered Solicitor's job... Read more
Published on 27 April 2012 by Mark Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars No no no
Seems to be like a very small picture, where are the little pauses of philosophical pathos? I use to be a fan of French cinema - but I still like Catherine Deneuve but I think it... Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2012 by M456AN
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a good one !
No reviews of this so far ? I can't believe it ! Brilliant thriller, like only the French seem to make.
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by Woody
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