The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle)
The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) (2004)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 26, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly

As in many of his films, Jaglom establishes a striking intimate rapport with his female subjects.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

Favors melodramatic and quirky twists, never bothering to lay down substantive ballast.

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Eddie Cockrell

Predictable yet charming.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It's a weirdly winning illustration of love that O. Henry himself would have loved.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews as long as one doesn't think about it too much...

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Bittersweet and sophisticated.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

...a diverting little comedy/drama, with a good central performance from Freiss, but...nothing much more on display.