The Big Picture (2012)
Average Rating: 7/10
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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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Paul Exben is a success story -- a great job, a beautiful 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, forcing him to assume a new identity that will enable him to live his life fully.
Oct 12, 2012 Limited
Mar 19, 2013
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Director Eric Lartigau tells the story slowly, less interested in suspense than in character.
Takes familiar material - involving a violent crime and an assumed identity - and nudges it just enough to keep us interested for most of the ride.
It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion.
Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ...
A dark little fable, the story of two separate roads that briefly intersect - and what happens when a man suddenly jumps from one mapped journey to the other.
The movie has the intense psychological focus of the late Claude Chabrol, if not Chabrol's graceful camerawork.
"The Big Picture" ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence.
...the ambiguity of the French title, L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie ("The man who wanted to live his life"), is a much better fit for the film that the rather bland English title...
Director Eric Lartigau, adapting American author Douglas Kennedy's novel, keeps the tension building as Paul tries to leave behind his past and warily assume another person's life.
A word of advice to anyone who kills his wife's lover, fakes his own death, assumes the dead guy's name, and flees to a seaside Balkan town: leave the camera at home.
Great photography and a vibrant performance by Romain Duris barely keep this lead-footed psycho-drama afloat.
Sprawling crime drama about a high-achieving young Parisian lawyer forced to dump a seemingly picture-perfect life and go on the run is a suspenseful journey with emotional detours.
For most of the way, right up until a hastily contrived and deeply unsatisfying ending, the film perceptively sketches a fractured identity, a man who enters a new life carrying painful remnants of the old.
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