The Big Picture

The Big Picture

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French crime-drama, an adaptation of the Douglas Kennedy novel, about a man whose romantic jealousy pushes him to drastic measures. Stars Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped) and Catherine Deneuve (Potiche). More

Paul (Duris) is a successful man – partner in one of Paris' most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife (Marina Foïs) and two picture perfect sons. But his life turns when he gets two bombshells: his mentor (Deneuve) is terminally ill and his wife is cheating on him. When Paul confronts the man, a scuffle inadvertently leads to death. With his former life in tatters, Paul removes traces of his crime, assumes the dead man's identity – a photographer – and flees for an isolated part of former Yugoslavia on the Adriatic coast.

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2010Rating: M, contains violence, offensive language and sex scenes114 minsFranceFrench with English subtitles
AdaptationCrimeDramaThrillerWorld Cinema

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Variety

Variety

Part thriller, part character study and part Gallicized American dream gone wrong, the pic also blends in some romance...

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TVNZ

TVNZ

Who would have thought a bottle of Cloudy Bay wine would cause so much trouble?

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Total Film

Total Film

Less a traditional chase thriller, more a study of self-reinvention...

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Sunday Star-Times

Sunday Star-Times

The excellent Romain Duris reverts from the rom-com hero of Heartbreaker to his previous darker characters (as in The Beat that My Heart Skipped and Dans Paris), playing a man for whom tragedy provides an unexpected opportunity to become someone completely new. Provoking the universal question of "What would I do in this situation?", the story races from one tense episode to the next, making it difficult to watch without a constant tightening in the stomach.

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Otago Daily Times

Otago Daily Times

Pushed to the edge, and over...

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The film, brilliantly cast and making effective use of locations in Paris, Brittany and Montenegro, is as spellbinding as Minghella's film [The Talented Mr Ripley]...

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A few plot holes hold back what is otherwise a well cast and compelling picture.

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