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Grand Role (2005)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40724227
UPC: 720229911832
UPC 14: 00720229911832
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The Best Love Story Since Love Story
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.

"Engaging and undeniabley moving.  New York Magazine
"A touching Parisian love story!  The New York Times
"A couwd-pleasing dramatic comedy about love, friendship and Jewish pride.  Variety

Editor's Note
Director Steve Suissa delivers a bittersweet meditation on life with LE GRAND RÔLE. Set in Paris, Suissa's film follows the fortunes of struggling actor Maurice Kurtz (Stéphane Friess) whose Jewish origins just may be his ticket to a leading role in a Yiddish version of Shakespeare's THE MERCHANT OF VENICE. Being filmed in the city and helmed by internationally famous American director Rudolph Grishenberg (Peter Coyote), the film would represent a major break for Maurice if he were to land a part in it. Maurice spends most of his time clowning around with his wannabe thespian friends and secretly photographing his wife, Perla (Bérénice Bejo), whom he worships. But when Grishenberg offers Maurice the role of Shylock in his movie, the good news is tainted when he returns home to Perla who announces that she has cancer, and is soon to die. While grappling with this information, Maurice receives a further blow when he learns the part of Shylock is no longer his, and has instead been offered to a famous American actor. But Perla is deliriously happy to believe that Maurice is on the cusp of stardom, so he decides not to tell her that he's lost the part, and instead goes to extraordinary lengths to keep up this illusion. It's here that Suissa's film finds its heart, with Maurice and his bumbling group of friends concocting some amusing schemes to prevent Perla from discovering the truth, while also showing how far the budding actor will go to squeeze a few drops of pleasure from his ailing wife's final days. As Perla's health fails her, the film builds to an affecting conclusion, resulting in a salutary tale that is sure to move even the hardiest of souls.
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Video Features DVD, French, English, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 11/22/2005
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 911832D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229911832
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Berenice Bejo
Video Cast Info Lionel Abelanski
Video Cast Info Peter Coyote
Video Cast Info Stephane Freiss
Video Cast Info Daniel Cohen, et. al. - Writer
Video Cast Info Daniel Goldenberg - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info David Marouani - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Eric Barboza - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Guillaume Schiffman - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Monica Coleman - Editor
Video Cast Info Steve Suissa - Director

Professional Reviews

Villagevoice.com 3 of 10
[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. - David Ng
Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Freiss,Stephane
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
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