The Price of Fame

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France | 2014 | 114 minutes | Xavier Beauvois

Based on an unbelievable true story, this upbeat French comedy follows two lovable crooks who decide to exhume Charlie Chaplin’s remains shortly after his death in 1977 and hold him for ransom.

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Eddy is ecstatic to get out of jail. His old friend, Osman, picked him up, let him set up camp in his rundown house, and even brought all of his books over from his old residence. Eddy spends his days taking care of Osman’s adorably precocious daughter Samira, and his evenings eating home-cooked meals in front of the small television that he may, or may not, have stolen. Yet Osman’s generosity can only do so much when it comes to his ill wife, stuck in the hospital for complications due to an arthritic hip, and Eddy works to convince Osman of his master plan. They’ll dig up the recently deceased Charlie Chaplin’s body, hold the remains for ransom, and then collect the cash that will come rolling in to pay for Osman’s wife’s hospital care. Based on an unbelievable true story, The Price of Fame follows Eddy, Osman, and Samira as they stumble through their far-fetched plan with a hilarity recalling the work of Chaplin himself in this heartfelt French comedy.

Director Biography
Born in northern France in 1967, Xavier Beauvois moved to Paris at the first opportunity, determined to become a filmmaker. At the age of 23, Beauvois wrote, directed and starred in his acclaimed debut picture, North (1990), which was nominated for a César for Best First Film. Beauvois found international acclaim with Of Gods and Men (2010), which won the Jury Grand Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, and the César Academy Award for Best Film.

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  • Original Language Title: La Rançon de la gloire
  • Director: Xavier Beauvois
  • Principal Cast: Chiara Mastroianni, Nadine Labaki, Benoît Poelvoorde, Roschdy Zem, Peter Coyote
  • Country: France, Belgium, Switzerland
  • Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 114 minutes
  • Producer: Pascal Caucheteux
  • Screenplay: Étienne Comar, Xavier Beauvois
  • Cinematographers: Caroline Champetier
  • Editors: Marie-Julie Maille
  • Music: Michel Legrand
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Of Gods and Men (2010), The Young Lieutenant (2005), According to Matthieu (2000), Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die (1995), North (1992)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Wild Bunch