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  • Summary: Paul Exben is a handsome and successful thirty-something Parisian corporate lawyer with a beautiful wife, two children, and a glimmering future as a partner in the firm he co-owns with his mentor, Anne. But behind this deceptively perfect bourgeois façade lies a desire for creative fulfillment, a restless spirit who despises his conformist life and envies the freedom of his neighbor Greg an uncompromising photojournalist. An unexpected event involving Greg throws Paul’s life into chaos, and he makes a startling decision that pushes him into unknown territory. (MPI Pictures) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Oct 12, 2012
    90
    Paul is not a sociopath like Tom Ripley, and the movie does not convey the same diabolical Hitchcockian sense of being manipulated by a slightly sadistic master puppeteer. As the story sprawls across the screen, it darts from one incident to the next as though it were inventing itself as it goes along.
  2. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Oct 11, 2012
    88
    Much of the plot stretches credulity, but the way it's constructed keeps tension high.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Dec 13, 2012
    75
    A decent-enough treat for fans of this particular Gallic genre.
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Oct 10, 2012
    70
    For most of the film, Lartigau creates the tension of a Hitchcockian thriller solely through Paul's interior struggle.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Oct 11, 2012
    70
    The Big Picture has been compared to "The Talented Mr. Ripley," the twice-filmed Patricia Highsmith novel about a sociopath who kills and then impersonates a rich acquaintance. But in spirit it's closer to Michelangelo Antonioni's 1975 "The Passenger," with Jack Nicholson as an existential adventurer who poses as a dead stranger.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Oct 10, 2012
    60
    A few plot holes hold back what is otherwise a well cast and compelling picture.
  7. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Oct 10, 2012
    50
    Like its protagonist, the film sells out for the security of convention and complacency.

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  1. Aug 24, 2013
    8
    Compelling crime and redemption tale about a lawyer who invents a new life for himself by assuming the identity of another man, but not without complications. Romain Duris gives a strong, fascinating performance that succeeds in creating sympathy for what in other hands might well have been an unlikeable, unredeemable character. Recommended for fans of Patricia Highsmith's "Tom Ripley" novels as well as fans of Romain Duris. Expand

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