Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB
Original title: Iedereen Beroemd!
Belgium/The Netherlands/France, 2000. Canal+, Eurimages, Flanders Film Fund, Get Reel Productions, Les Films des Tournelles, Nederlandse Programma Stichting, Netherlands Fund for Film, Otomatic, Vlaamse Radio en Televisie. Screenplay by Dominique Deruddere. Cinematography by Willy Stassen. Produced by Dominique Deruddere, Loret Meus. Music by Raymond van het Groenewoud. Production Design by Hubert Pouille. Costume Design by Loret Meus. Film Editing by Ludo Troch.
Jean, recently laid off from the bottle factory, kickstarts his dream to make his overweight, shy daughter Marva a singing star by kidnapping popular local singer Debbie and holding her hostage. Jean tells Debbie’s record company that he won’t let her go unless they make a pop song out of a tune he has invented in his head and allow Marva to sing it on a nationally observed music show. Meanwhile, Debbie and Jean’s pal Willy, who has been charged with guarding her, develop a deeply felt friendship of their own. It’s the usual kind of kinky fun you get from the naughty Dominique Deruddere (Suite 16), but it has genuinely touching moments amid its highly contrived plotting and Eva van der Gucht‘s performance as Marva is adorable. It’s the kind of film often described as a ‘crowd-pleaser’.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film