The Big Picture
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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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""The Big Picture" ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A decent-enough treat for fans of this particular Gallic genre."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"Great photography and a vibrant performance by Romain Duris barely keep this lead-footed psycho-drama afloat."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Director Eric Lartigau tells the story slowly, less interested in suspense than in character."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ..."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"...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..."
‑ Sarah Boslaugh, PopMatters
"Are you a fan of Patricia Highsmith's Ripley stories?"
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"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."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"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."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"Makes full use of Duris' essential "lost" whimsicality."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"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."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"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."
‑ Brent Simon,
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