The Big Picture

“The terrific French thriller THE BIG PICTURE is a loose adaptation of Douglas Kennedy’s 1997 novel, which might be described as The Talented Mr. Ripley for the age of Google. Its story of Paul Exben, a successful Parisian lawyer who assumes the identity of a man he accidentally kills, belongs to a select circle of twisty top-notch Gallic suspense movies that include Lucas Belvaux’s Rapt and Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One. If some of the plot details defy credibility, Romain Duris’s electrifying performance makes you overlook any inconsistencies, as his likable character becomes a man on the run barely able to stifle his panic. Mr. Duris, 38, has been a major French star since The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Jacques Audiard’s 2005 French adaptation of James Toback’s Fingers. In THE BIG PICTURE he is as compelling, if not more so. Mr. Duris’s Paul has the springy agility of the young Mick Jagger and the same crinkly mischievous grin that conveys a Mephistophelean charm; the resemblance is so striking that in many shots he suggests a hairy-chested fraternal twin of that Rolling Stone”—Stephen Holden, N.Y. Times. Also starring French legend Catherine Deneuve. In French with English subtitles. PG-13. 114 Min.

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