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The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) (2004)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 4

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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,

Nov 22, 2005

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

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Predictable yet charming.

June 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

June 3, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

May 20, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a weirdly winning illustration of love that O. Henry himself would have loved.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Bittersweet and sophisticated.

May 12, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Favors melodramatic and quirky twists, never bothering to lay down substantive ballast.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

...works as long as one doesn't think about it too much...

January 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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...a diverting little comedy/drama, with a good central performance from Freiss, but...nothing much more on display.

December 15, 2005

Director Steve Suissa balances the comedy and the tragedy of the material effectively

October 8, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

Funny, romantic and poignant all at the same time, Le Grand Role is quite a star.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A good one that could please most specialized audiences, especially couples.

May 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Fails to summon a compelling parallel between Merchant's anti-Semitic baggage and the Jewish Maurice's own struggles as an actor.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Stephane Freiss's monologue from 'The Merchant of Venice' would make Al Pacino envious.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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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.

April 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangitout.com
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