Movies about artists

List of the best movies about artists selected by visitors to our site: Banksy and the Rise of Outlaw Art, Banksy Most Wanted, Velvet Buzzsaw, Van Goghs, Russian Psycho, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, Sin, Bliss, The Farewell
In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Banksy and the Rise of Outlaw Art (2020)
Markimdb: 6.7
CharactersArtists, Celebrities
PlotArt

Banksy, the world's most infamous street artist, whose political art, criminal stunts and daring invasions have outraged the establishment for over two decades. Featuring rare interviews with Banksy, this is the story of how an outlaw artist led a revolutionary new movement and built a multi-million dollar empire, while his identity remained shrouded in mystery.

Banksy Most Wanted (2020)
Markimdb: 7
CharactersArtists
PlotArt

Banksy is a household name, but behind this name hides a multitude of stories, artworks, stunts, political statements and identities, leading to one of the art world's biggest unanswered questions- who is Banksy?

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
Mark6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrehorror, thriller, detective
CountryUSA
Duration02:45
CharactersArtists, Gay, Cats, Writers
PlotInvestigation, Damn things, Supernatural, Death, Computers, Love triangle
PlaceLos Angeles

Big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. After a series of paintings by an unknown artist are discovered, a supernatural force enacts revenge on those who have allowed their greed to get in the way of art.

Van Goghs (2019)
Mark5 (imdb: 6.4)
Genredrama
CountryRussia
Duration01:42
CharactersParents, Family, Artists

Mark Ginzburg is a talented artist who is always depressed. He's 52, but personal and professional success has escaped him. Many years ago, Mark moved from his native Riga to Tel Aviv to get away from his oppressive father, Viktor, who still supports him financially. Victor Ginzburg is a famous conductor. His work is his life. He never cared about Mark's feelings and tried to mold his son in his own image. Their highs and lows turned long ago into a love-hate relationship. More hate than love. Father calls his son by his childhood nickname Birdie, which infuriates the son. Son calls his father Your Majesty, which infuriates the father. After Viktor is diagnosed with a fatal illness, the father and son set off on a difficult journey that leads from hate to love.

Russian Psycho (2019)
Markimdb: 5.6
Genrethriller, comedy, drama
CountryRussia
Duration01:19
CharactersBusinessmen, Artists
PlotConspiracies
PlaceRussia

Contemporary Moscow. Svyatoslav, a poor boy, falls in love with Asya, a rich girl, and wants to marry her. To support her in the manner in which she is accustomed, he opens an upscale restaurant. But he soon discovers he has a unseen enemy.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama
CountryFrance
Duration02:02
CharactersArtists, Lesbians
PlotRelationship
Time18th century

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, an artist is commissioned to paint a young woman's wedding portrait.

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2019)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genrecartoon, history
CountrySpain, Netherlands
CharactersArtists, Directors, Spiders, Orphans, Nuns, Bees, Poor
PlotDeath, Money, Funeral, Weapon, On real events
PlaceTrains, France, Spain, Paris, Lighthouse

Paris, 1930. Luis Buñuel is penniless after the scandal surrounding the release of his last movie. Sculptor Ramón Acín, a good friend, buys a lottery ticket and promises Buñuel that he will pay for his next movie if he wins the prize.

Sin (2019)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryRussia, Italy
CharactersArtists, Family
PlotMoney, Art, Creation
PlaceItaly

The life of Michelangelo Buonarroti.

Bliss (2019)
Mark9 (imdb: 5.8)
Genrehorror
CountryUSA
Duration01:47
CharactersArtists, Vampire
PlaceUSA, Los Angeles

In need of creative inspiration, a professionally stagnant and hard-partying Los Angeles artist recklessly indulges in a series of drug binges. As the narcotics fly out of control, so does her newfound and inexplicable, yet unquenchable, craving for blood.

The Farewell (2019)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:27
CharactersWriters, Family, Dogs, Sisters, Photographers, Artists, Old man, Cooks
PlotDeath, Dancing, Money, Mystery, Happiness
PlaceChina, Japan, Hotels
StyleTo cry, Atmospheric, Makes me think

A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family's decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.

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Women on the Run (2019)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryCzech Republic
CharactersArtists, Teens
PlotRivalry, Jealousy, Love triangle

Vera has lived a wonderful life with Jindrich, and she is fully determined to fulfill his last wish - running a marathon. The emancipated and spirited mother of three daughters doesn't think that doing so will be a problem. She and her daughters will split up the route into four parts, and they'll overcome the over 42-kilometer-long challenge as a family relay team. Of course, the fact that neither of them has ever ran even a meter poses no problem.

A Hidden Life (2019)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Germany
CharactersSisters, Singers, Artists, Farmers, Priests
PlotDancing, Motorcycles, Love, Betrayal, Happiness, On real events
PlaceTrains, Prison, Court, Berlin, Mountains, Village

The story of an unsung hero, Franz Jägerstätter, who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II. Based on real events.

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryFrance, USA
Duration01:50
CharactersArtists, Disabled people, Nurses
PlotArt, Adoption, On real events
PlaceParty
StyleInspirational

On the rocky path to sobriety after a life-changing accident, John Callahan discovers the healing power of art, willing his injured hands into drawing hilarious, often controversial cartoons, which bring him a new lease on life.

Distorted (2018)
Mark4.6 (imdb: 4.6)
Genreaction, thriller, crime, detective
CountryCanada
Duration01:51
CharactersArtists
PlotInvestigation, Technology, Ghosts, Cheating, Fear
PlaceCountry houses
StyleDisturbing, Tense

A married couple suspect that the 'smart apartments' in their high tech residence are being used by its owner for sinister reasons.

McQueen (2018)
Markimdb: 7.8
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:51
CharactersCelebrities, Artists

Alexander McQueen's rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale, laced with the gothic. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of McQueen's own world, both tortured and inspired, which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence.

Michelangelo Endless (2018)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredrama, biography
CountryItaly
Duration01:36
CharactersCelebrities, Artists, Geniuses, Architects
PlotOn real events
PlaceItaly
StyleInspirational

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Never Look Away (2018)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 7.7)
Genrethriller, melodrama, drama, history
CountryGermany, Italy
Duration02:16
CharactersArtists
PlotOn real events, Relationship, Love, Art
PlacePrison, Germany

Inspired by real events and spanning three eras of German history, film tells the story of Kurt, a young art student who falls in love with fellow student, Ellie. Ellie’s father, Professor Seeband, a famous doctor, is dismayed at his daughter’s choice of boyfriend, and vows to destroy the relationship. What neither of them knows is that their lives are already connected through a terrible crime Seeband committed decades ago.

Kusama : Infinity (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.2)
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:16
CharactersCelebrities, Artists
PlotOn real events

Now one of the world’s most celebrated artists, Yayoi Kusama broke free of the rigid society in which she was raised, and overcame sexism, racism, and mental illness to bring her artistic vision to the world stage. At 88 she lives in a mental hospital and continues to create art.

Why Are We Creative?: The Centipede's Dilemma (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredocumentary
CountryGermany
Duration02:07
CharactersCelebrities, Directors, Artists

A 30 years odyssey: the world's most intriguing artists and thinkers from the fields of visual art, music, filmmaking, acting, literature, philosophy, politics, business and science, are asked the same question: "Why are you creative?"

Poor Folk. Kabakovs (2018)
Mark
Genredocumentary
CountryRussia
Duration01:40
CharactersCelebrities, Artists

In Poor Folk, Ilya Kabakov talks about his sources and influences, including the tragic life of his mother, which had a profound effect on his views and artistic career. Together with his wife and collaborator Emilia he discusses Soviet underground art, the birth of Moscow Conceptualism, the couple’s emigration to the USA, and international acclaim after thirty years of almost no exhibitions (Kabakov did not show his work at state-sanctioned exhibitions in the Soviet Union): today the duo’s works are in the world’s leading museums, including MoMA, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and Hamburger Kunsthalle.

At Eternity's Gate (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Luxembourg, United Kingdom, France, USA
Duration01:46
CharactersArtists, Geniuses
PlotArt, Obsession, Religious, Mental disorders, Loneliness
PlaceFrance, Nature
StyleTouching, Heavy, Disturbing

Famed but tormented artist Vincent van Gogh spends his final years in Arles, France, painting masterworks of the natural world that surrounds him.

The Man Who Stole Banksy (2018)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredocumentary
CountryItaly
Duration00:59
CharactersArtists
PlotArt

In 2007, the anonymous graffiti artist Banksy painted a series of political works around Palestine, only to have them cut down and sold off to the highest bidder. A stylish examination of public space and the commodification of street art, narrated by Iggy Pop.

My Masterpiece (2018)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryArgentina, Spain
Duration01:44
CharactersFriends, Scammers, Artists, Dogs, Clowns
PlotArt

Arturo, the successful owner of an art gallery, and Renzo, a talented but decadent painter, are old friends who cannot stop bickering. One day, Arturo comes up with a solution to all their problems, but the plan they concoct turns out to be crazier and riskier than they originally expected.

Welcome to Marwen (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genrefantasy, comedy, drama, biography
CountryJapan, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersArtists, Witch, Lawyers, Photographers, Spy, Revived toys
PlotOn real events, Lost memory, Dancing, Weapon, Divorce, Time machine, Mental disorders, Loneliness
PlaceAircraft, Village, Hotels, Court
StyleInspirational, Kind, Soulful, Interesting, Deep Meaning, To cry, Worth watching

When a devastating attack shatters Mark Hogancamp and wipes away all memories, no one expected recovery. Putting together pieces from his old and new life, Mark meticulously creates a wondrous town named Marwen where he can heal and be heroic. As he builds an astonishing art installation — a testament to the most powerful women he knows — through his fantasy world, he draws strength to triumph in the real one.

Project Gutenberg (2018)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, crime, detective
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:16
CharactersScammers, Artists

The Hong Kong police is hunting a counterfeiting gang led by a mastermind code-named "Painter" . The gang possesses exceptional counterfeiting skills which makes it difficult to distinguish the authenticity of its counterfeit currency. The scope of their criminal activities extends globally and greatly attracts the attention of the police. In order to crack the true identity of "Painter", the police recruits a painter named Lee Man to assist in solving the case.

DZIDZIO First Time (2018)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.4)
Genrecomedy
CountryUkraine
CharactersArtists
PlotAdventure
PlaceUkraine, Village

Dzidzio is a great artist and a naive child at the same time. All his life he hides one little secret that turns into a huge problem. This time, neither the best mom nor his coolest friend will not be able to help him. Because such a delicate matter Dzidzio must decide for the first time.

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredocumentary
CountryUSA
Duration01:58
CharactersArtists
PlotArt, Creation
PlaceNew York

Exploring the pre-fame years of the celebrated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, and how New York City, its people, and tectonically shifting arts culture of the late 1970s and '80s shaped his vision.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco (2018)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersArtists
PlotMystery, Mystery
PlaceNew York, USA

Sex Fashion and Disco is a documentary film concerning Antonio Lopez (1943-1987), the most influential fashion illustrator of 1970s Paris and New York, and his colorful and sometimes outrageous milieu.

Peter Rabbit (2018)
Mark7.2 (imdb: 6.6)
Genrefantasy, comedy, adventure, family, cartoon
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration02:18
CharactersRabbits, Farmers, Foxes, Artists, Dogs, Thieves, Losers, Birds
PlotAdventure, Jealousy, Dancing, Love, Pads
PlaceVillage
StyleFor children, Light

Peter Rabbit's feud with Mr. McGregor escalates to greater heights than ever before as they rival for the affections of the warm-hearted animal lover who lives next door.

Dovlatov (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.4)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryRussia, Poland, Serbia
Duration01:29
CharactersWriters, Artists
PlotArt
PlaceSt. Petersburg, Russia

Dovlatov charts six days in the life of brilliant, ironic writer who saw far beyond the rigid limits of 70s Soviet Russia. Sergei Dovlatov fought to preserve his own talent and decency with poet and writer Joseph Brodsky while watching his artist friends get crushed by the iron-willed state machinery.

Don’t Leave Home (2018)
Markimdb: 5
Genrefantasy, drama
CountryUSA
CharactersArtists
PlotInvestigation, Supernatural
PlaceIreland

An American artist’s obsession with a disturbing urban legend leads her to an investigation of the story’s origins at the crumbling estate of a reclusive painter in Ireland.

A Simple Favor (2018)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6.8)
Genrethriller, comedy, drama, crime, detective
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:25
CharactersSisters, Single mothers, Artists
PlotMissing people, Investigation, Mystery, Blackmail, Death, Cheating
PlaceLake, Small cities
StyleAction, Exciting, Disturbing, Fascinating

Stephanie, a dedicated mother and popular vlogger, befriends Emily, a mysterious upper-class woman whose son Nicky attends the same school as Miles, Stephanie's son. When Emily asks her to pick Nicky up from school and then disappears, Stephanie undertakes an investigation that will dive deep into Emily's cloudy past.

Boy Erased (2018)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama, biography
CountryAustralia, USA
Duration01:55
CharactersGay, Teens, Artists, Writers
PlotReligious, Computers, Basketball, Art, On real events
PlacePsychiatric hospitals, Hotels, Party, College

Jared, the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town, is outed to his parents at age 19. Jared is faced with an ultimatum: attend a gay conversion therapy program – or be permanently exiled and shunned by his family, friends, and faith.

On Chesil Beach (2018)
Mark7 (imdb: 6.3)
Genremelodrama, drama, music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:55
CharactersNewlyweds, Sisters, Horses, Artists
PlotMoney, Mystery, Happiness
PlaceTrains, Hotels, Beach

In 1962 England, a young couple finds their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

My Dinner with Hervé (2018)
Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration01:41
CharactersActors, Celebrities, Journalists, Artists, Reporters
PlotDivorce

An unlikely friendship evolves over one wild night in LA between a struggling journalist and actor Hervé Villechaize, the world's most famous gun-tothing dwarf, resulting in life-changing consequences for both

Christmas Wonderland (2018)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama
CountryUSA
CharactersTeachers, Artists
PlotLove, Holidays, Art
PlaceSchool, Small cities
TimeNew Year
StyleLight, Fascinating, Cute, Romantic

Heidi, who initially left her small town of Pleasant Valley with the dream of one day becoming a successful painter, has put her own art on hold to excel as an art gallery curator. Now, a week before the gallery’s big Christmas party, she must return home to watch her niece and nephew. She comes face to face with her high school love, Chris, now a teacher, and offers to help him find a new last-minute location for the Christmas dance.

Let the Sunshine In (2017)
Mark8 (imdb: 6)
Genrecomedy, melodrama
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration01:38
CharactersArtists
PlotLove

Isabelle, Parisian artist, divorced mother, is looking for love, true love, at last.

Tulip Fever (2017)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
Duration02:04
CharactersArtists, Thieves, Horses
PlotMoney, Love, Dancing, Mystery, Cheating
PlaceShips
StyleTouching, Heavy, Soulful, Tense, Disturbing

An artist falls for a married young woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait. The two invest in the risky tulip market in hopes to build a future together.

Tom of Finland (2017)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genredrama, biography
CountryFinland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Iceland, USA
Duration02:03
CharactersArtists, Friends, Gay, Thieves, Soldier, Jews, Teachers, Models, Criminals
PlotLove, Relationship, Art, Creation, Dancing, Cancer, Motorcycles, Snow, Money, Religious, Ghosts, Viruses
PlaceUSA, Aircraft, Trains, Party
TimeWinter

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual and men around him even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specialising in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work – made famous by his signature ‘Tom of Finland’ – became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Final Portrait (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genrecomedy, drama, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:20
CharactersArtists, Lovers, Geniuses, Photographers, Writers
PlotLove, Jealousy, Art, Creation, Obsession, Death, Money, Diving
PlaceFrance, Paris
StylePhilosophical, Makes me think

The story of Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti.

Loving Vincent (2017)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.8)
Genredrama, cartoon, crime, biography
CountryPoland, United Kingdom, USA
Duration02:17
CharactersArtists, Friends, Fathers, Cats, Geniuses, Snake
PlotLove, Art, Investigation, Death, Money, Mystery, Obsession, On real events
PlaceParis, London, Village, Trains
TimeSummer

The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death.

See You Up There (2017)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.5)
Genredrama, crime
CountryFrance, Canada
Duration01:46
CharactersArtists, Friends, Military, Fathers, Orphans, Dogs, Soldier, Businessmen
PlotLove, War, Death, Pursuit, Test, Dancing, Money
PlaceFrance

In November 1918, a few days before the Armistice, when Lieutenant Pradelle orders a senseless attack, he causes a useless disaster; but his outrageous act also binds the lives of two soldiers who have nothing more in common than the battlefield: Édouard saves Albert, although at a high cost. They become companions in misfortune who will attempt to survive in a changing world. Pradelle, in his own way, does the same.

Battlecreek (2017)
Mark9.6 (imdb: 5.7)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:18
CharactersArtists
PlotCreation
PlaceUSA, Small cities
StyleTouching

Henry is a loner and a night owl. His rare skin disease has kept him under the close watch of his fiery mother, who has sheltered him his entire life. One night, a young woman's car breaks down and Henry's life will change forever.

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genredocumentary, biography
CountryUnited Kingdom
Duration01:34
CharactersArtists, Writers, Directors
PlotCreation
PlaceFrance, Nature

The Ways of Seeing writer is celebrated by Tilda Swinton and her fellow admirers in an unorthodox four-part documentary that visits him at his Alpine home

Promise at Dawn (2017)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.2)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:10
CharactersHorses, Artists, Jews, Military, Actors, Single mothers, Writers
PlotDancing, Weapon, Snow, On real events
PlaceFrance, Sea, Aircraft, Trains, Hotels, Beach, Mexico

From his childhood in Poland to his adolescence in Nice to his years as a student in Paris and his tough training as a pilot during World War II, this tragi-comedy tells the romantic story of Romain Gary, one of the most famous French novelists and sole writer to have won the Goncourt Prize for French literature two times.

Ingrid Goes West (2017)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrecomedy, drama
CountryUSA
Duration02:21
CharactersFriends, Girlfriends, Dogs, Artists, Orphans, Photographers
PlotLove, Internet, Holidays, Social Media, Obsession, Weapon, Drug addict, Money, Mystery, Mental disorders, Loneliness, Cars
PlaceParty, Los Angeles, USA, Beach, Deserts
TimeHalloween

Ingrid becomes obsessed with a social network star named Taylor Sloane who seemingly has a perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to be Taylor's friend, her behaviour turns unsettling and dangerous.

Gauguin : Voyage de Tahiti (2017)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance
Duration02:04
CharactersArtists, Horses, Fish
PlotCreation, Money, On real events
PlaceMountains

Paul Gauguin feels smothered by the atmosphere prevailing in Paris in the year 1891. Around him, everything is so artificial and conventional: he needs authenticity to renew his art. Failing to convince his wife Mette and his five children to follow him to Paradise Lost, he sets out for Tahiti alone. Once there, he chooses to settle down in Mataiera, a village far away from Papeete, installing himself in a native-made hut. He soon starts working passionately, painting and carving in a style close to the primitive art specific to the island. During his two-year stay the artist will experience poverty, cardiac problems and other displeasures but also happiness in the arms of Tehura, a beautiful young native girl.

Rodin (2017)
Mark5 (imdb: 4.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryFrance, Belgium
Duration02:26
CharactersHorses, Artists, Models, Photographers, Singers
PlotLove, Betrayal, Dancing, Obsession, Death, Jealousy, Art, Fear, On real events
PlaceFrance, Japan

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), man of the people, autodidact and revolutionary sculptor - the most brilliant of his era. At 42, Rodin meets Camille Claudel, a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able pupil, and treats her as an equal in matters of creation.

Maudie (2017)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryRepublic of Ireland, Canada
CharactersDisabled people, Artists, Dogs, Poor
PlotArt, Snow, Happiness
PlaceSmall cities
StyleSoulful, Touching

Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis falls in love with a fishmonger while working for him as a live-in housekeeper.

Put Grandma in the Freezer (2018)
Markimdb: 6
Genrecomedy
CountryItaly
CharactersFriends, Artists
PlotDeath, Money, Funeral
PlaceItaly

Simone, a clumsy financier, falls in love with Claudia, who’s living on her grandma’s retirement checks. When the old lady dies Claudia hides the body in a freezer, and sets up a fraud with the help of some friends to avoid bankruptcy.

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