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  • Summary: For years, friends and actors Maurice, Sami, Simon, Elie, and Edouard have been waiting for their big break. The future looks bright when famous American director Rudolph Grichenberg (Coyote) offers Maurice the part of Shylock in his Yiddish screen adaptation of "The Merchant of Venice". ButFor years, friends and actors Maurice, Sami, Simon, Elie, and Edouard have been waiting for their big break. The future looks bright when famous American director Rudolph Grichenberg (Coyote) offers Maurice the part of Shylock in his Yiddish screen adaptation of "The Merchant of Venice". But his fortunes reverse quickly when Maurice learns that his beloved wife Perla is seriously ill. With his friends' help, Maurice takes on the greatest role of his life, and in playing his part, illuminates the meaning of art, love, and truth. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. A comedy about friendship, faith and the acting life, Le Grand Role is unabashedly corny and tear-jerking - and still quite likable.
  2. It is a most tender love story, first and foremost, and a warm, affectionately humorous depiction of Kurz's close-knit Jewish friends and colleagues.
  3. Reviewed by: Eddie Cockrell
    70
    Predictable yet charming, The Grand Role is a crowd-pleasing dramatic comedy about love, friendship, role-playing and Jewish pride.
  4. 40
    A short and soppy story that Coyote lends some dignity, but not much power.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    38
    A shaky effort to make a point about art triumphing over all.
  6. Director and co-writer Steve Suissa misses every opportunity to go deeper, either for laughs or pathos.
  7. 30
    Half a notch above a vanity project, this chipper little number by French director Steve Suissa offers a deadly combination of shamelessness, narcissism and schoolboy comedy.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. steviop.
    Oct 2, 2005
    8
    Amusing film about a tight knit group of Jewish French actors living in Paris. A tradegy-comedy which has its moving moments. Give it a go.

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