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Le Grand Role (Unrated)

Release Date: May 6th (NYC-Quad Cinema), by First Run Features.
The Cast: Stephane Freiss,Berenice Bejo,Pete Coyote
In French with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A husband pretends to his wife that he is cast as the shylock in the film version of The Merchant of Venice.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The excellent acting and the humorous, witty script is what makes this film a real pleasure to watch. The husband (Freiss) has very good comic timing and knows how to act--as well as to pretend that he is acting. His wife (Bejo) is very beautiful and charming. The plot has a surprising twist about her character that turns this film from a comedy into a drama. Peter Coyote is perfectly smarmy as the director of the film-within-the-film, The Merchant of Venice.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: The smart script has insight about the true meaning of acting: it is something that people to every day of the lives without even knowing it. The film also works well as a satire of American filmmakers. There is also an interesting discussion about the difference between lying and acting. Acting is a form a lying or deceiving, but it is not meant to hurt somebody's feelings. The way the husband shows his true love of his wife is very touching, especially when he works extra hard to make her happy--truly happy.



THE BOTTOM LINE: A funny, moving and smart film with wonderful performances--in more ways than one--and a surprising twist that makes the rest of the film very meaningful.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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