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MPI Press Release: The Big Picture (Blu-ray)

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#1 of 1 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 19 2013 - 10:47 PM

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Romain Duris and Catherine Deneuve Star in a Thriller Worthy of Hitchcock and Chabrol; It Comes to Blu-ray and DVD From MPI on March 19, 2013

A man who seems to have it all wants more, and goes to extraordinary lengths to get it, in THE BIG PICTURE. Starring acclaimed French star Romain Duris, the gripping psychological thriller arrives on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD from MPI on March 19, 2013, with SRPs, respectively, of $29.98 and $24.98.

Paul Exben (Romain Duris, The Beat That My Heart Skipped, Russian Dolls, Paris) is 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 (Catherine Deneuve, Beloved, Belle de Jour, Repulsion). But behind this deceptively perfect facade lies a restless spirit who's uncomfortable in his conformist life and envies the freedom of his neighbor Greg (Eric Ruf (Place Vendôme), 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 (The Players, I Do) explores the themes of identity and creativity through one man's gripping journey from Paris and Brittany to Montenegro and points beyond, crafting a suspenseful thriller about the dangers that persist even after one engineers the ultimate fresh start.

Based on the novel by Douglas Kennedy (The Woman in the Fifth) and co-starring Marina Foïs (Polisse) and Niels Arestrup (War Horse, A Prophet), the MPI theatrical release received glowing reviews. "It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion," wrote The Washington Post's Michael O'Sullivan. "Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support," said Ty Burr of The Boston Globe. "Lartigau creates the tension of a Hitchcockian thriller solely through Paul's interior struggle," said The Village Voice's Chris Packman.

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."


About MPI Media Group

The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companiesproducing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI's wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Library. www.mpimediagroup.com

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Street date: March 19, 2013

SRP: $29.98 (Blu-ray), $24.98 (DVD)


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