In THE BIG PICURE, an odd combination of family film, thriller and existentialist drag, which M. Lartigau (shown at
co-adapted (with Laurent de Bartillat) from the novel by Douglas Kennedy, the always sexy and believable Man of the Moment (French version), Romain Duris, below, stars as the artist-who-has-sold-his-soul-to-materialistic-values (you know: that artist) and the filmmaker pumps a hard dose of reality into his early scenes of French family life so that we’re quite caught up in things.
Catherine Deneuve, Marina Foïs, (above, left) and Niels Arestrup (below) – and Lartigau certainly knows his way around cinematography, performance, pacing and design, and his film, set as it is in France and then abroad, is beautiful to view.
MPI Pictures and running 114 minutes, opens tomorrow, Friday, October 12, in New York City at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema and the IFC Center. Elsewhere? Don't know. And at this point, I have no further information.