Like its protagonist, the film sells out for the security of convention and complacency.
| Original Score: 2/4
Eric Lartigau's film is glossily watchable, but it's hampered by a central conceit that never really convinces, and not even a cameo from screen legend Catherine Deneuve lifts proceedings.
| Original Score: 2/5
Duris brings an edgy vulnerability that makes him a sympathetic figure through a tale that never quite adds up.
Even [Duris] can't fully salvage a last act that clumsily tries to sell the notion that white-knight altruism is the ultimate creative satisfaction.
| Original Score: 3/5
The Big Picture has an inevitable 'je ne sais quoi'; though this never quite smooths over the cracks in its plotting or saggy pacing as an identity thriller.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
For most of the film, Lartigau creates the tension of a Hitchcockian thriller solely through Paul's interior struggle ...
The movie has the intense psychological focus of the late Claude Chabrol, if not Chabrol's graceful camerawork.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is a fitting second film for Duris that expands his acting arsenal, showing him in a tenser scenario, but still allowing that boisterous nature to shine through
| Original Score: 4/5
Starts out with the makings of a thriller... but eventually settles into redemptive character drama mode with shades of Michelangelo Antonioni's existential classic The Passenger.
Lacking tension throughout and with some scenes edited far too quickly for the story to make real sense, this is an interesting premise which doesn't quite click.
Makes full use of Duris' essential "lost" whimsicality.
A character-driven drama with the soul of an existential thriller that asks more questions than it answers about the nature of identity and the possibility of second chances.
Thoughtfully and skilfully done. Duris is superb.
...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...
| Original Score: 6/10
A vagrant, fitful mixture of domestic drama, existential thriller in the vein of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, and evocation of the underbelly of new Europe.
To call it understated is its own special understatement; this is a film-as-character-study, but one that hovers drone-like over its subject rather than digging in for deep psychological insights.
| Original Score: B-
Actor Romain Duris brings a crucial, though often overlooked, ingredient for a man-on-the-run thriller: vulnerability.
| Original Score: 3/4
If some of the plot details defy credibility, Romain Duris's electrifying performance makes you overlook any inconsistencies, as his likable character becomes a man on the run barely able to stifle his panic.
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ...