The Big Picture


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 façade lies a secret desire for creative fulfillment – 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, Paul’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 Highsmith’s Tom Ripley character, The Big Picture (based on Douglas Kennedy’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 man’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