Venice Film Review: ‘The Price of Fame’

Originally posted on Variety:

Like the glorious, overripe Michel Legrand score lavished over an otherwise quiet affair, there’s something knowingly, beguilingly out of time about “The Price of Fame,” an ostensibly humble crime caper that winds up as a heartfelt plea for a more innocent way of life. Xavier Beauvois’ first film since 2010′s sombre Cannes winner “Of Gods and Men” — and the first comic outing of his career —riffs jovially on the true 1978 story of two blue-collar immigrants in small-town Switzerland who exhumed Charlie Chaplin’s remains in a botched ransom attempt. Facts have been liberally altered, however, to suit Beauvois’ conception of the tale as a human comedy worthy of the Little Tramp himself. Wry, sentimental and carried with shaggy charm by Benoit Poelvoorde and Roschdy Zem as the lovable crooks, “Fame” should parlay its helmer’s cachet and the universality of the Chaplin connection into widespread arthouse exposure.  

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