The Grand Role

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Released 2005

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Director:
Steve Suissa
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
When a famous American film director (Peter Coyote) comes to Paris to cast a Yiddish version of The Merchant of Venice, Maurice and his friends try out for the role. Thinking he has been cast in the part of Shylock after years of obscurity, Maurice (Stephane Freiss) rushes home to tell his beloved wife, Perla (Berenice Bejo). Later, Maurice discovers the part has gone to a famous American star, but he must play the role of his life to be sure Perla, who has become very ill, doesn't find out.

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  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    It is a most tender love story, first and foremost, and a warm, affectionately humorous depiction of Kurz's close-knit Jewish friends and colleagues.

  • 70

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    Predictable yet charming, The Grand Role is a crowd-pleasing dramatic comedy about love, friendship, role-playing and Jewish pride.

  • 60

    The New York Times Anita Gates

    Mr. Coyote, who appears to be playing Steven Spielberg and steals every scene he is in.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dramedy, Love & Romance, Foreign Language