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La Rancon de la gloire

Peter T Chattaway

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Link to our thread on Of Gods and Men (2010).

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'Of Gods and Men' helmer set for 'Gloire'
MADRID -- France's Xavier Beauvois, helmer of hit "Of Gods and Men," is set to follow up with "La Rancon de la gloire," his first venture into comedy. . . .
Currently being written with "Gods" co-scribe Etienne Comar, "Gloire," a quirky heist comedy in the vein of Ken Loach's "The Angels' Share," is set in Switzerland in 1977.
It turns on two men who, in straightened circumstances over Christmas, hatch a hair-brained scheme to kidnap the coffin of Charles Chaplin, who died on Christmas Day in 1977, and extort money from his family.
Roschdy Zem, who shared best actor at Cannes for "Days of Glory," and Benoit Poelvoorde ("Coco Before Chanel"), co-star. . . .
"Gloire" is inspired by a true-life incident, in which two unemployed mechanics dug up Chaplin's coffin and attempted to extract a ransom from his widow, Oona Chaplin. . . .
Variety, December 18

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A comedy. After Of Gods and Men.


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