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2.5
27 Ratings

La rançon de la gloire

Directed by Xavier Beauvois
France, 2014
Drama

Synopsis

Set in the 1970s, La rançon de la gloire tells the offbeat story of two criminals in desperate need money of money who decide to pull off a rather unusual heist: steal Charlie Chaplin’s coffin for ransom and blackmail the family.

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La rançon de la gloire Directed by Xavier Beauvois

Critics reviews

It’s a jewel of a film, beautfiully directed and wonderfully acted, demonstrating a fine and acute sense of film history and also mixing tones with a felicity that in its finest moments reaches the pure and lyric.
August 31, 2014
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Overlength is the principal failing of a film that otherwise negotiates the balance between whimsy and gravitas with considerable restraint and intelligence: At nearly two hours, this slender story feels mildly (if not unenjoyably) padded onscreen, as if to convince auds of its human consequentiality. That’s hardly necessary, given that Poelvoorde and Zem’s twin studies in hardscrabble loserdom both evince and inspire sincere empathy.
August 28, 2014
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Rather than approaching the historical events as straightforward drama, Mr. Beauvois embraces the comedy latent in the absurd situation, with its hints of a Chaplinesque misadventure that has very real stakes.
August 26, 2014
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