Wednesday, February 20, 2013

'The Big Picture' and Catherine Deneuve Coming to Blu Ray

By Liza Foreman

Continuing a recent trend to preserve classic films for the big screen, MPI is bringing the Catherine Deneuve starrer "The Big Picture" to Blu Ray in March.

Romain Duris co-stars in this the psychological thriller which arrives on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD from MPI on March 19, 2013.

The story follows Paul Exben (Romain Duris), a handsome and successful Parisian lawyer with a beautiful wife, two children, and a bright future in the firm he co-owns with his mentor, Anne (Deneuve).

But behind this seemingly perfect facade lies a restless spirit who's uncomfortable in his conformist 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, leading him to uncover the answer to the question: Is it possible to become someone else?

With "Hitchcockian precision and echoes of Patricia Highsmith's Tom Ripley," director Eric Lartigau explores the themes of identity and creativity through one man's gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro, crafting a suspenseful thriller about the dangers that persist even after one engineers the ultimate fresh start.

The film is based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy.

The New York Post's Farran Smith Nehme said: "The movie has the intense psychological focus of the late Claude Chabrol." And The New York Times' Stephen Holden said the film "belongs to a select circle of top-notch Gallic suspense thrillers."

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