Matthew Lickona 11:11 a.m., May 23
The Big Picture
Wealthy French lawyer Paul Exben (Romain Duris) wanted to be a photographer, but instead wound up an overworked, almost frenetic career man, pouring money into his family and telling himself that everything is okay. But of course, everything is not okay: his wife feels stifled in her role as suburban mom, and also finds that she still prefers the company of wannabe photographers. Events conspire to give Paul a second chance at the life he always wanted, and the film gets good mileage out of the thrill of just leaving it all behind, even as it acknowledges the trauma involved - our hero really did love his kids. And of course, the past has a way of sneaking up on a man, especially a man with something to hide. Director Eric Lartigau makes good, or least powerful, use of sound to convey agitation, discord, and even terror, and he drenches the screen in black shadows and bright sun. A tough movie about a man in a tough spot, existential and otherwise. 2010.
— Matthew Lickona
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- Rated PG-13 | 1 hour, 40 minutes