Archive of films Le grand role / Le grand role

2003, 98 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2004

Instead of a role in the Merchant of Venice, his first big break in years of waiting, fate grants Maurice a far more difficult role at the side of his fatally ill wife 


Maurice, Sami, Simon, Elie and Edouard are still undiscovered acting talents even though they´re pushing forty. One day a famous American director comes to Paris to cast the lead for a Yiddish version of the Merchant of Venice - and he fulfils Maurice´s lifelong dream. Completely beside himself, Maurice hurries home to tell his wife the wonderful news, but Perla also has something important to tell him: she has just found out that she is seriously ill. Under the pressure of these sombre circumstances, Maurice is entirely unable to tell her that, in the end, an American star got the part of Shylock. With the help of his friends, he pretends to be busy in preparations for the upcoming play. Perhaps this will be the most important and difficult role of his life...

About the director

Steve Suissa is a French actor, screenwriter, director, producer and creator of television programmes. Filmography: two made-for-TV movies: Trop plein d´amour (2002) and Traquée (2002), and two features: Taking Wing (L´envol, 2000) and Le grand rôle (2003), for which he also co-wrote the scripts.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Steve Suissa
Screenplay: Steve Suissa, Sophie Tepper
Dir. of Photography: Christophe Offenstein, Guillaume Schiffman
Editor: Monica Coleman
Producer: Steve Suissa
Production: Les Films de L´Espoir
Cast: Stéphane Freiss, Bérénice Béjo, Francois Berléand, Peter Coyote
Contact: Playtime


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