The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle)
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An actor who lands the role of his life is forced into an even greater real-life acting challenge in this comedy drama from France. Maurice Kurtz (Stéphane Freiss) is an actor who is passionately in love with his wife, Perla (Bérénice Bejo), and wishes he could provide a better life for her. Maurice and his friends Simon (Lionel Abelanski), Sami (Olivier Sitruk), and Edouard (Stéphan Guérin-Tillié) work for a company that dubs American films into French when they're not looking for acting work, and when they learn that famous American filmmaker Grichenberg (Peter Coyote) is coming to Paris… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As in many of his films, Jaglom establishes a striking intimate rapport with his female subjects."
‑ Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly
"Their characters are compelling and completely realistic, the acting is first-rate, and many scenes in this black-and-white movie (which was shot in different countries, including Saudi Arabia) are breathtaking."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Favors melodramatic and quirky twists, never bothering to lay down substantive ballast."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Director Steve Suissa balances the comedy and the tragedy of the material effectively"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Fails to summon a compelling parallel between Merchant's anti-Semitic baggage and the Jewish Maurice's own struggles as an actor."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Predictable yet charming."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"It's a weirdly winning illustration of love that O. Henry himself would have loved."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
" as long as one doesn't think about it too much..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Funny, romantic and poignant all at the same time, Le Grand Role is quite a star."
‑ , E! Online
"Stephane Freiss's monologue from 'The Merchant of Venice' would make Al Pacino envious."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"Bereft of real laughs while lacking the depth to make its emotional aspects more moving, the film never manages to assimilate its shifting tones and ultimately seems trivial."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Bittersweet and sophisticated."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"...a diverting little comedy/drama, with a good central performance from Freiss, but...nothing much more on display."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"A good one that could please most specialized audiences, especially couples."
‑ Kim Williamson, Boxoffice Magazine
"Le Grand Role's magic for me is that the love between Freiss' Maurice and Berenice Bejo's Perla transcends anything that Judaism could possibly take credit for."
‑ Jordan Hiller,
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