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Wild Bunch - PRICE OF FAME (THE)

Xavier Beauvois



Status: Completed

Director(s): Xavier Beauvois

Short synopsis : Two impoverished misfits concoct a crazy scheme to kidnap and ransom the recently deceased Charlie Chaplin. Loosely based on real events.

Long synopsis : On the shores of Lake Geneva lies the small Swi ss town of Vevey. It’s the end of the 70s. On his release from prison, Eddy – a hard-drinking, 40-year-old Belgian – is met by his friend Osman. They’ve made a deal: Osman will let Eddy stay in his shed, and in exchange, Eddy will take care of his 7-year-old daughter Samira while her mother is in the hospital. It’s the Christmas season, but their shared, grinding poverty has made Eddy quite bitter. Then Charlie Chaplin’s death is announced, as well as the true extent of his fabulous wealth. Eddy starts daydreaming… and comes up with a crazy idea: what if he stole the actor’ s corpse and demanded a ransom from the family? Loosely based on real events, THE PRICE OF FAME spins a web around the audacious concept of a resuscitated Chaplin, a Chaplin whose soul gradually possesses the minds of these two misfits, until their journey becomes a tale worthy of the Little Tramp himself!


  • BENOIT POELVOORDE, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni, Dolores Chaplin, Isabelle Caillat, Nadine Labaki


  • Producer(s): Pascal Caucheteux
  • Director(s): Xavier Beauvois
  • Screenplay: Etienne Comar
  • DP: Caroline Champetier
  • Editing: Marie-Julie Maille
  • Set Design: Yann Megard
  • Original Title: RANCON DE LA GLOIRE (LA)
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama

  • Production company: WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS
  • Production date: 2014
  • Language: French
  • Venice Film Festival 2014 – Competition
  • Telluride Film Festival 2014
  • Festival do Rio 2014
  • Busan International Film Festival 2014
  • CINEMANIA French Film Festival 2014
  • G¶teborg Film Festival 2015
  •  Press Kit