|The Grand Role
A film by Steve Suissa
90 minutes, color, French w/ English subtitles, 2005
When a famous American film director (Peter Coyote) comes to Paris to cast a Yiddish version of The Merchant of Venice, Maurice and his friends try out for the role. Thinking he has been cast in the part of Shylock after years of obscurity, Maurice (Stéphane Freiss) rushes home to tell his beloved wife, Perla (Bérénice Bejo). Later, Maurice discovers the part has gone to a famous American star, but he must play the role of his life to be sure Perla, who has become very ill, doesn’t find out.
"A delectable French treat! Funny, romantic and poignant all at the same time!"- E! Online
"A touching Parisian love story!" - The New York Times
"A crowd-pleasing dramatic comedy about love, friendship, and Jewish pride!" - Variety
"A winning illustration of love that O. Henry himself would have loved."
"Engaging and undeniably moving!" - New York Magazine
"A charming combination of slapstick and sorrow. Great pleasure!" - Patriot Ledger (Boston)
● Director Introduction