THE PRICE OF SUCCESS
LE PRIX DU SUCCÈS
FRANCE • DRAMA • 92 MINS • 2017 • MA15+
Directed by: TEDDY LUSSI-MODESTE
Starring: Tahar Rahim, Maïwenn, Roschdy Zem, Grégoire Colin
With his second venture into writing and directing after2011’s Jimmy Rivière, Teddy Lussi-Modeste looks at how the bright lights of stardom can irrevocably tear a family to shreds; in particular, the professional and private bond between two brothers. Also, the screenplay was co-written by Rebecca Zlotowski (Planetarium, guest AF FFF2017).
Hailing from a modest, working class background, Brahim’s (Tahar Rahim, Daguerrotype, AF FFF2017) rise to fame as a stand-up comedian has been swift, and largely orchestrated under the eye of his more volatile older brother, Mourad (Roschdy Zem, director of Chocolat, AF FFF2017). The introduction of Brahim’s girlfriend, Linda (Maïwenn, director of Mon Roi, AF FFF2016; Polisse, 2011) into the dynamic, sets off a chain of events that see the brothers careening towards devastation. But is the success worth the cost?
As a non-comedy about comedy, there has been some speculation The Price of Success is loosely modelled on areal-life comedian, possibly even Franco-Algerian star Jamel Debbouze (Amélie, 2001). However, regardless of its inspiration, this is a film that manages to push at audience expectations, culminating in an intense climax that is almost apocalyptic in terms of the price Brahim has to pay.
French & Arabic with English subtitles