The big picture

The big picture

L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie

DVD - 2013 | French
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Paul Exben is a handsome and successful Parisian lawyer with a perfect family and a glimmering future in the firm he co-owns with his mentor. But behind this perfect facade lies a restless spirit who's uncomfortable in his life and envies the freedom of his neighbor, Greg, an uncompromising photojournalist. After Greg's unexpected death throws his life into chaos, Paul embarks on a cross-continent odyssey of self-discovery and reinvention.
Publisher: [Orland Park, IL] : Distributed by MPI Media Group, c2013
Edition: Widescreen
ISBN: 9780788615351
Branch Call Number: DVD WORLD CINEMA BIG
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (115 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Mar 30, 2016

J'ai beaucoup aimé ce film qui a beaucoup de suspense et qui tient en haleine tout au long sans aucune longueur. Je le recommande fortement aux amateurs de ce genre.

Apr 15, 2015

5-16-2015 - The film is an excellent psychological crime thriller that reminds me of Chabrol, Hitchcock and Highsmith. Like my worst nightmares, at the end, I was so glad it was not real. The best thriller films are like that. 12-1-16 Having forgotten the story, it now seemed like a different film. This time it was still excellent, but it felt more like a movie rather than life. I do not really understand my first understanding. Hey! It was OK to view it two entirely different ways. Both times it was an excellent experience!

Oct 23, 2014

French film is different from all other countries. Deeper.

The patient viewer will be rewarded if they are willing and able to see this film (NOT a mere movie) to its conclusion.

The description is misleading. Two thirds of this film you will be hating on Paul and be tempted to terminate your viewing...but in a 180 degree turn as the story progresses, an astute fan of all film will watch in awe as it unfolds into one of the most original and intriguing films of the last few decades.

Highly recommended for the thinking person. Tre bien. Magnifique!

Glencoe_Mike Jan 09, 2014

Advertised as a thriller but not really one. Interesting in moments but lost me overall.

noir125 Nov 05, 2013

After a brief slow start the first dissonant musical chord deftly sounds at the perfect moment. This turns out to be a masterful & completely unpredictable tension builder with deep, generous innuendoes about the discovery of truth. The outcome for the mean, lying and adulterous wife is so outrageously just (material for a black comedy thriller?), truly, I could laugh so hard I cry.

Jul 05, 2013

Very good. The story, after a shaky start, holds you as it twists and turns, sometimes predictably. Nonetheless, it is very satisfying.

Apr 25, 2013

Splendid noir. Had me at the edge of my couch through most of the movie. I love noir and the French do it so well. The movie is in color (and without a lot of telling-me-what-I-should-feel music) but it feels black and white. Odd, that, and wonderful. I love love love running away and reinventing one's life--George Clooney in The American, Alec Guinness in The Scapegoat are the two that come to mind. Oh Ripley! Purple Noon and The Talented Mr. Ripley. The SPL blurb does not even come close to describing the energy and power of this dark movie. Duris is superb. Another really terrific deeply dark French noir is Rapt with Yvan Attal, also at SPL.

Jul 26, 2012

Superb. Romain Duris continues to be a great French actor of his generation. He's damn lucky to be getting all these great roles! I am just curious about the story though - despite Paul's imaginative way to hide his crime, he wasn't able to forge a "nom de camera" even though taking the ID of his wife's lover? Hmmmm?
Great movie though!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at PMPL

To Top