Review for THE BIG PICTURE
The Big Picture
Directed by Eric Lartigau
Opens October 12, Lincoln Plaza Cinema and IFC Center
"You're as free as the wind," says Paul Exben (Romain Duris) to the son of a legal client to whom he has offered the choice of drug rehab or disinheritance from the family's fortune. Oh, irony. Paul is himself encumbered with a career he hates and a family he suspects he's beginning to lose. Based on Douglas Kennedy's novel and adapted for French audiences with the addition of Western European ennui and tiny cars, director Eric Lartigau's The Big Picture examines a pretty common fantasy of unhappy people—pulling a Dick Whitman/Don Draper switcheroo and fleeing to a new life—and creates a harrowing scenario that drives Paul to attempt it....