The Grand Role (Le Grand Rôle) (2004)
Average Rating: 5.9/10
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Average Rating: 3.1/5
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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,
Feb 26, 2004 Wide
Nov 22, 2005
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As in many of his films, Jaglom establishes a striking intimate rapport with his female subjects.
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.
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.
It's a weirdly winning illustration of love that O. Henry himself would have loved.
Bittersweet and sophisticated.
Favors melodramatic and quirky twists, never bothering to lay down substantive ballast.
...a diverting little comedy/drama, with a good central performance from Freiss, but...nothing much more on display.
Director Steve Suissa balances the comedy and the tragedy of the material effectively
Funny, romantic and poignant all at the same time, Le Grand Role is quite a star.
A good one that could please most specialized audiences, especially couples.
Fails to summon a compelling parallel between Merchant's anti-Semitic baggage and the Jewish Maurice's own struggles as an actor.
Stephane Freiss's monologue from 'The Merchant of Venice' would make Al Pacino envious.
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