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“…You Almost Got Away With It…” - The Big Picture on BLU RAY
on 27 April 2012
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…