Paul Exben is a success story – partner in one of Paris’s most exclusive law firms, big salary, big house, glamorous wife and two sons straight out of a Gap catalog. But when he finds out that Sarah, his wife, is cheating on him with Greg Kremer, a local photographer, a rush of blood provokes Paul into a fatal error. Standing over the corpse of his wife’s lover, Paul knows that his perfect life has gone for good. But by assuming the dead man’s identity and fleeing for an isolated part of former Yugoslavia on the beautiful Adriatic coast, Paul gets another shot at being himself and, at last, seeing the big picture.


In “The Big Picture”, the hero seems to be at the peak of his life. He has it all – a comfortable life, a wife and two kids, he lives in a villa in the province and works in Paris as a successful lawyer on the brink of becoming lead of a lawyer office inherited from a terminally sick woman played by Catherine Deneuve. At the end he has nothing, is a fugitive with no identity. And yet, the story is the one of fulfillment as the hero while losing his status and family will find himself, a new profession and passion.

First, it starts too fast, we barely know the characters, what they do, and what are the relationships between them when Kremer gets killed. A more developed introduction could have helped. The second thing is the way the movie ends. The film still feels incomplete by the end, and while that lets room for your imagination to fill, it would have been nice if they ended the movie in a more decisive way than by just letting Exben go walking the streets of yet another country.

The Blu-Ray comes with no special features. The A/V Quality sports a DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track and a 1080p transfer. The transfer is rather flat, but it does what it can. I’ll give it a pass due to its international indie origins. That being said, I’d recommend a rental.


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