The Big Picture (2010 film)

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The Big Picture
The curve of a camera lens, inside it the face of a woman and to the right the face of the man, the photographer.
UK release poster
Directed by Éric Lartigau
Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Screenplay by Éric Lartigau
Laurent de Bartillat
Based on The Big Picture
by Douglas Kennedy
Music by Evgueni & Sacha Galperine
Cinematography Laurent Dailland
Edited by Juliette Welfling
Distributed by EuropaCorp
Release date
  • November 3, 2010 (2010-11-03)
Running time
114 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $11.6 million[1]
Box office $9,9 million[2]

The Big Picture (French original title L'Homme qui voulait vivre sa vie - "The man who wanted to live his life") is a 2010 French psychological thriller directed by Éric Lartigau, and starring Romain Duris, Marina Foïs, Niels Arestrup and Catherine Deneuve. The story is adapted from the 1997 novel The Big Picture by Douglas Kennedy.


A successful Paris lawyer with a seemingly perfect life discovers that his wife is having an affair and accidentally kills her lover in a moment of madness. He escapes the law by faking his own death, assuming his victim's identity, and making a fresh start on the Adriatic coast as a photographer. This eventually leads him to realise what was missing in his life before: he finally sees the big picture.



The film was critically praised. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 88% based on reviews from 41 critics, with an average score of 7/10.[3]


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