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The Big Picture [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve
  • Directors: Eric Lartigau
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray 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 (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MJX27C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,467 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 April 2012
Format: 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 that brings him prestige - a lavish inner city apartment - private rooms full of computers and expensive printers so he can indulge in photography (his true passion). He also has Catherine Deneuve as his Boss who wants to make him even richer by handing over the reins of her lucrative law business to him for free (because of ill health).

But his wife Sarah seems to be distant of late - and one night she lies about where she acquired an unusual bottle of wine. Genuinely hurt - suspicions stroked and tempers frayed - Paul then has an accident in the apartment of another photographer who unwisely gloats on the subject of infidelity. And from here on in Paul Exben's whole world is thrown into disarray. Exben then proceeds to go through a series of almost bizarre life changes that take him half way across Europe to a point where a local drunk suspects something (dialogue above) and beyond into the open sea... To say more is to give away too much.

I liked "The Big Picture" a lot. For starters it's not the usual French navel-gazing pap. It's tense, dark and surprising - and it's also that best of things - a story-film that takes its sweet time to unfold (nearly two hours). The clever 'big canvas' script bustles along in a sort of trapped-in-a-Hitchcock-film kind-of-a-way - and an intense performance by handsome lead actor Romain Duris keeps you hooked as the twists and turns multiply even to the last few shots.

The 2:34.1 Aspect Ratio BLU RAY image is good at best, but never anymore than that -and there’s English and Spanish Subtitles with a DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio.

An unusual identity-switch film (and hugely enjoyable for it) -dip your croissant into this one…
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Craggs on 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 By Yohji on 13 May 2014
Format: DVD
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 By MV on 17 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Thomson on 21 July 2014
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For me it just did'nt seem to work, the first half was interesting, then it tailed off, and seemed to lose it's way. Perhaps it was just me and someone else will get more out of it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Salisbury TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 April 2013
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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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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 29 April 2012
Format: DVD
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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