La rançon de la gloire (The price of fame)
Release date in Belgium – 7 January 2014
Running time: 115 min.
- Screenplay : Xavier Beauvois, Etienne Comar
- Director : Xavier Beauvois
- Music : Michel Legrand
- Director of photography : Caroline Champetier (a.f.c.)
- Sound : Jean-Jacques Ferran, Eric Bonnard, Loïc Prian
- Location managers : Thibault Mattei, Gaspard Hirschi
- Production designer : Yann Megard
- Costume designer : Françoise Nicolet
- Editor : Marie-Julie Maille
- Production manager : Gerard Cavat
On the shores of Lake Geneva lies the small Swiss town of Vevey. It’s the end of the 70s.
On his release from prison Eddy – a hard-drinking 40-year-old Belgian – is greeted by his friend, Osman. They have 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 on the television, 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 true events, La Rancon de la gloire (“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!