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Year: 2000
USA: Miramax Films
Cast: Josse De Pauw, Eva van der Gucht, Werner De Smedt, Thekla Reuten, Victor Löw, Gert Portael, Alain Van Goethem, George Arrendell, François Beukelaers, Silvia Claes, Marc Didden, Sien Eggers, Ianka Fleerackers, Lut Hannes
Director: Dominique Deruddere
Countries: Belgium / France / Netherlands
Language: Dutch
USA: 97 mins
USA Rated: R for some sexuality/nudity
USA Release Date: 6 July 2001 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)


Jean Vereecken (Josse De Pauw) has a secret ambition to be a songwriter but in reality works in a factory. His teenage daughter Marva (Werner De Smedt) , an awkward, overweight girl, is his one hope of achieving this dream and he takes her to singing contests where she struggles to perform. Events take a turn for the worst when Jean suddenly loses his job through cutbacks at the factory where he works and this compounds the situation for him, making him even more desperate for his daughter to succeed.

By pure fluke Jean sees an opportunity and grasps it, when he meets, then kidnaps the most famous pop star in the country and holds her hostage. Demanding that the music industry take notice, the media swiftly focus on the story and with the incident now brought to the nation's attention, Jean and Marva realise that the show must go on - until everybody's famous!

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