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Thinking he has been cast in a Yiddish version of The Merchant of Venice, struggling Parisian actor Maurice tells his beloved wife Perla. But when the part goes to a famous American star, Maurice must play the role of his life to be sure Perla, who has become very ill, doesn't find out.
[The Grand Role] has little to offer except a maudlin love story that ironically feels like a Tinseltown tearjerker facsimile...the ridiculous movie-within-the-movie deserves more screen time, if only to balance the wretchedly sentimental (and unintentionally Spiel-bergian) finale.
DVD, French, English, Subtitled
First Run Feature
New York Magazine
Engaging and undeniabley moving.
The New York Times
A touching Parisian love story!
A couwd-pleasing dramatic comedy about love, friendship and Jewish pride.