The gripping French thriller starring Romain Duris (The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and Catherine Deneuve (Umbrellas of Cherbourg)!
â€śNYT CRITICS PICK! A terrific French thriller â€¦ belongs to a select circle of twisty top-notch Gallic suspense movies that includes Guillaume Canetâ€™s Tell No One â€¦ Romain Durisâ€™s electrifying performance â€¦ has the springy agility of the young Mick Jagger.â€ť â€“ Stephen Holden, New York Times
â€śAn existential French thriller â€¦ It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion.â€ť â€“ Michael Oâ€™Sullivan, Washington Post
â€śLoose and unpredictable. Unexpectedly gripping. Romain Duris is excellent.â€ť â€“ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
Paul Exben (Romain Duris, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) is a handsome and successful thirty-something Parisian corporate lawyer with a beautiful wife, two children, and a bright future as a partner in the firm he co-owns with his mentor, Anne (French superstar Catherine Deneuve). But behind this deceptively perfect faĂ§ade lies a secret desire for creative fulfillment â€“ Paul is really a restless spirit who despises his conformist life and envies the freedom of his neighbor Greg, an uncompromising photojournalist. When Greg accidentally winds up dead, Paulâ€™s life is thrown into chaos, and he makes a startling, desperate decision that pushes him into unknown territory. Embarking on a cross-continent odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention, Paul experiences what many have wondered at some point in life: is it actually possible to become someone else?
Filled with Hitchcockian suspense, dark philosophy and echoes of Patricia Highsmithâ€™s Tom Ripley character, The Big Picture (based on Douglas Kennedyâ€™s best-selling American novel of the same name) explores themes of identity and creativity as it tracks this unique fugitive on a gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro and points beyond, eliciting major thrills from one manâ€™s fear of getting caught after he engineers the ultimate fresh start. (Dir. by Eric Lartigau, 2012, France, in French with subtitles, 114 mins., Not Rated, MPI Media Group) Digital