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The Big Picture (2010)

L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 12 October 2012 (USA)
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A successful Paris lawyer is forced to re-invent his life after he makes a fatal mistake.

Director:

Eric Lartigau

Writers:

Eric Lartigau (scenario, adaptation and dialogue), Laurent de Bartillat (scenario, adaptation and dialogue) | 4 more credits »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Romain Duris ... Paul Exben
Marina Foïs ... Sarah Exben
Niels Arestrup ... Bartholomé
Branka Katic ... Ivana
Catherine Deneuve ... Anne
Eric Ruf Eric Ruf ... Grégoire Kremer
Enzo Caçote Enzo Caçote ... Hugo Exben
Luka Antic Luka Antic ... Baptiste
Rachel Desmarest ... Fiona Exben (as Rachel Berger)
Esteban Carvajal-Alegria Esteban Carvajal-Alegria ... Valéry Grey (as Esteban Carvajal Alegria)
Florence Muller Florence Muller ... Clarisse
Jean-Paul Bathany Jean-Paul Bathany ... Jean-Claude
Carole Weiss Carole Weiss ... Annie
Philippe Dusseau Philippe Dusseau ... Emmanuel
Olivier Rogers Olivier Rogers ... Pierre
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Storyline

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. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Europa Corp. [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French | Serbian | English

Release Date:

12 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Czlowiek, który chcial zyc swoim zyciem See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,760, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$158,411

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,997,537
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Professional photographer Antoine d'Agata took the photos used in this film. Marina Foïs, who plays Sarah Exben in the film, had a postcard of Antoine d'Agata's work. She showed the postcard to the director, Eric Lartigau, who is also her husband. See more »

Goofs

As Paul watches from the shore, the sound and light from the explosion of his sailboat (on the horizon), reach him nearly simultaneously. At the height Paul was sitting, the horizon was roughly 5 miles away and the sound would take over 20 seconds to reach him, while the light would reach him almost instantly. See more »

Quotes

Paul Exben: What are you doing here?
Bartholomé: I'm sorry, I was in the mood for a little beer.
Paul Exben: Anyone else, besides me, likes beer.
Bartholomé: Sure, anyone else likes it, but I wanted to have a drink with you.
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Soundtracks

Volcano
Written by Beck (as Beck Hansen)
Performed by Beck
Edité par Youthless (ASCAP)
Sous-édité par Fintage Publishing & Collection B.V.
(P) 2008 XL Recording Limited
ISRC No:US-UM7-08-18995
Issu de l'album "Modern Guit" XLCD 369
Avec l'aimable autorisation de XL Recording Ltd
www.xlrecording.com
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Très bon
22 November 2012 | by ell1981See all my reviews

Really impressive film that was gripping and well acted. It did drift a little and had slight pacing issues but did not detract from a compelling piece with excellent lead performances. Duris has impressed me an awful lot in his previous performances and commands the screen really well becoming one of the best leading men around. I also found the locations in Montenegro absolutely stunning and filmed in a way that really added to the feel and mood of the film. I was particularly impressed with the way it ended refusing to indulge and become predictable. This is such a rare thing these days and deserves much credit and shows bravery in both the direction and concept that was clearly well thought out. Bravo!


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