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Le Grand Rôle

Le Grand Rôle

A Feature film by Steve Suissa

Produced by Les Films de l'Espoir

Release in France : 13/10/2004


    Up until now Maurice Kurtz hasn't really achieved anything particularly remarkable, apart from his love story with his wife, Perla. He and his four friends, Sami, Simon, Elie and Edouard, go way back. Maurice longs for the role that will prove that he wasn't wrong to dream of being an actor. When the famous American director Rudolph Grichenberg arrives in Paris to prepare a Yiddish adaptation of ''The Merchant of Venice,'' the group of friends knock themselves out to get a part. Auditions lead to meetings and Maurice gets closer and closer to being offered the prized role of Shylock. Indeed, he finally lands the part.
    When he tells Perla the good news, she's crazy with happiness, but can no longer hide her secret: suffering from an incurable illness, she only has a few months to live. Just then, Maurice's agent calls to say that an American star originally destined to play Shylock has had a change in schedule and that he's now free to play the part. Maurice is out of luck.
    Determined to nourish the only source of joy of the woman that he loves with all his heart, Maurice continues to pretend to Perla that he's performing in the production. With the help of his four friends, Maurice concocts his lie of love and to make it credible he sets out to create a show more ambitious than he ever imagined he'd perform. Prisoner of a lie that will have far-reaching consequences, Maurice at last finds the major role of his life.

    Actors (30)

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    Executive Producer :

    Les Films de l'Espoir

    French distribution :

    Mars Distribution

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    Tamasa Distribution

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    Full credits (19)

    Executive Producer :

    Steve Suissa

    Author of original work :

    Daniel Goldenberg

    Voice :

    Bruno Wolkowitch

    Directors of Photography :

    Christophe Offenstein, Guillaume Schiffman

    Sound Assistant :

    Franck Duval

    Production manager :

    Murielle Thierrin

    Editors :

    Monica Coleman, Névil de Montalembert

    Continuity supervisor :

    Laurence Couturier

    Costume designer :

    Aline Dupays

    Location Manager :

    Julien Bouley

    Assistant Director :

    Dominique Heinry

    Screenwriters :

    Steve Suissa, Sophie Tepper, Daniel Cohen

    Co-producer :

    Michel Israël

    Sound recordist :

    Sophie Laloy

    Assistant Operator :

    Natacha Raymond

    Press Attachés (film) :

    Myriam Bruguière, Olivier Guigues

    Sound editor :

    Cécile Ranc

    Production Designer :

    Éric Barboza

    Sound Mixer :

    Alek Goosse

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    Feature film

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    France, Belgium

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    Majority French (France, Belgium)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 29 min

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