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Stardom -- A young girl is plucked from small-town obscurity and thrust into the spotlight of the glamorous world of super-models.


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  (in credits order)

Jessica Paré ... Tina Menzhal

Victoria Snow ... Tina's Mother
Jessica Mackenzie ... Tina's Sister

Macha Grenon ... Model Agency Owner

Joanne Vannicola ... Rosie

Charles Berling ... Philippe Gascon

Sophie Lorain ... Italasia Reporter

Dan Aykroyd ... Barry Levine

Gregory Calpakis ... Steve Bourque

Patrick Huard ... Montreal Talk-Show Host
Maggie Steed ... British Fashion Reporter
Paul Reynolds ... Nigel Pope

Camilla Rutherford ... Toni
Patrick Poivre d'Arvor ... French TV Anchorman
Robert Lepage ... Bruce Taylor
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ... Fashion One Reporter

Thomas Gibson ... Renny Ohayon

Frank Langella ... Blaine De Castillon
Richard Greenblatt ... Jeremy Reed

Jayne Heitmeyer ... Beautiful Feminist

Richard Jutras ... Fashion Show Director

Nicu Branzea ... Tina's Father

François Berléand ... Nigel Pope's Associate (as François Berleand)
Bernard Dhéran ... French Intellectual
Thibault de Montalembert ... French Intellectual (as Thibault De Montalembert)
François Berland ... French Intellectual
Eric Civanyan ... French Intellectual
Pierre Charras ... French Intellectual
Daniel Martin ... French Intellectual
Alan Legros (as Alan Le Gros)
Patrick Fry

Gordon Masten

Tony Calabretta

Patricia McKenzie (as Patricia Mckenzie)
Susan Glover
Mark Trafford

Alain Goulem

Claudia Ferri
Leni Parker (as Lenni Parker)
Janine Theriault
Bronwen Mantel
Hal Eisen
Angella Lemond

Heidi Dippold
Evelyn Caballero

Dawn Lambing

Steve Adams
Noel Burton
Domini Blythe

Amanda Walsh
Kerrilyn Keith
Holly O'Brien

Howard Rosenstein

Jonathan Robert Rondeau (as Jonathan Rondeau)
Gwenm Carsley (as Gwenm Eyre)

Wolfgang Pissors
Harry Standjofski
Ellen David

Allen Altman

Norm Rebadow

Charles Edwin Powell (as Charles Powell)

Rachelle Lefevre
Catherine Bégin
Ian Finlay (as Ian Findlay)
Cary Lawrence
Billy Merasty

David Nerman
Christiane Lampron ... Wedding Musician
Sam Stone
Chantal Dupuis ... Wedding Musician
Harrison Kreisberg
Roxanne Grenier
Noémi Racine-Gaudrault ... Wedding Musician
Christine Harvey ... Wedding Musician
Ivan Smith

Alex Bisping ... Werner Reisecker (as Alexander Bisping)
Patrick Paroux
Hilary Porter

Dawn Ford

Jamie Elman
Flint Eagle
Simon Peacock
John N. Kallis
Lou Vani
Domenic Di Rosa ... Security Guard
Liz MacRae
Raymond Stone
Chantale Nadeau

Joel McNichol ... Gaby Stern
Todd Duckworth
Peter Duchenes
Peter Blankie
Hayley Reynolds

Don Jordan
Melissa Pirrera
Danielle Desormeaux ... Sheila Rinaldy
Al Vandecruys
David DiSalvio
Michelle Sweeney

Thelma Farmer

Joe Moffa
Al Dubois
Eric Goulem
Alan Fawcett
Maria Bircher
Stépanie Lafontaine
Jeffrey Aarles
Matt Holland
Jennifer Morehouse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philippe Caroit ... French TV Journalist
Chantal Baril ... (uncredited)

Karen Belfo ... The Cafe Girl (uncredited)

Maria Bertrand ... Model (uncredited)
Benoît Brière ... (uncredited)

Giovanni Capitello ... News Cameraman (uncredited)

Larry Day ... Brian O'Connell (uncredited)

Gino Salvano ... Paolo (uncredited)

Directed by
Denys Arcand 
Writing credits
Denys Arcand (written by) and
Jacob Potashnik (written by) (as J. Jacob Potashnik)

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne .... co-producer
Brigitte Faure .... line producer: Ciné b
Eric Landau .... associate producer: Paris
Robert Lantos .... producer
Daniel Louis .... line producer
Denise Robert .... producer
Original Music by
François Dompierre 
Cinematography by
Guy Dufaux (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Isabelle Dedieu 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen 
Lucie Robitaille 
Production Design by
Zoe Sakellaropoulo (Jutras nomination)
Zoe Sakellaropoulo  (as Zoë Sakellaropoulo)
Art Direction by
Jean Morin 
Set Decoration by
Josée Arsenault 
Louise Pilon (key set decorator)
Costume Design by
Michel Robidas 
Makeup Department
Pierre Chavialle .... hair stylist: Paris
Karina Del Bel .... makeup artist: Florida
Sandro Di Gioacchino .... assistant hair stylist
Bea Diaz .... hair stylist: Florida
Lorrie Ann Dobbins .... hair stylist: New York
Réjean Goderre .... hair stylist
Fae Hammond .... makeup artist: London
Dolores Hernández .... hair/makeup assistant: Florida (as Delores Hernandez)
Catherine Lavoie .... second assistant makeup artist: extras
Lucio .... hair stylist: Paris
Thi Thanh Tu Nguyen .... makeup artist: Paris
Marcelo Padovani .... hair stylist: Miss Paré (as Marcelo Nestor Padovani)
Belinda Parish .... assistant makeup artist: London (as Belinda Parrish)
Joan Patricia Parris .... assistant makeup artist
Nevio Ragazzini .... makeup assistant: New York
Cécile Rigault .... makeup artist
Micheline Trépanier .... key makeup artist
Nathalie Trépanier .... makeup artist
Florence Vayssieres .... makeup artist: Paris (as Florence Vayssires)
Joe Vitale .... assistant hair stylist: New York
Production Management
Sylvie Barthet .... production manager: Paris
Joshua Benjamin .... unit manager: New York
Cyrille Bragnier .... unit manager: Paris
Michel Chauvin .... production manager
Paul Dion .... post-production supervisor
Andrew Eliot .... unit manager: London
Callum Greene .... production manager: New York (as Callum Green)
Pierre Guay .... assistant unit manager
Vanessa Jones .... assistant unit manager: London
Anthony Katagas .... production manager: New York
Jamin O'Brien .... production manager: Florida
Andy Pavord .... production manager: London (as Andrew Pavord)
Gilles Perreault .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erik Ajduk .... third assistant director
Buck Deachman .... second assistant director
Rhun Francis .... third assistant director: London
Matthew Gledhill .... second assistant director: Paris
Agnieszka Kroskowska .... assistant director (as Agnieszka Poninska)
David Lawley-Wakelin .... second assistant director: London (as David Lawley Wakelin)
Brian Moon .... second assistant director: Florida
Manuel Pouet .... second assistant director: Paris
Lionel Rigothier .... second assistant director: Paris
Doug Torres .... second assistant director: New York
David J. Webb .... first assistant director (as David Webb)
Joshua Zeman .... second second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
Art Department
Natacha Antiglio .... art department coordinator
Charles Bella Fiore .... prop master: New York (as Charles Bellafiore)
Patrice Bengle .... property master
Charles-André Bertrand .... product placement coordinator
Steve Boucher .... art assistant
Eric Brassard .... art assistant
Alain Brochu .... construction supervisor
Lionel Callari .... property master: Paris
Real Capuano .... art assistant
Amanda Carroll .... assistant prop master: New York
Denis Daneau .... art assistant
Porpoise Evans .... props master: Florida
John Fudala .... assistant prop master: New York
Odette Gauvreau .... key painter
Susannah Kaye .... art director: London (as Suzannah Kaye)
Diane Legris .... props buyer
Carl Lessard .... graphic artist
Heidi Pieh .... assistant art director: New York
Mario Racicot .... assistant property master
Jean-Philippe Reverdot .... assistant set decorator: Paris
Bernadette Saint Loubert .... set decorator: Paris (as Bernadette Saint-Loubert)
Marc Sausset .... assistant set decorator: Paris
Jason Savader .... assistant prop master: New York
Lissette Schettini .... head set dresser: Florida
Erin W. Sibley .... art director: New York (as Erin Sibley)
Marcus von Holtzendorff .... art assistant (as Marcus Von Holtzendorff)
Sarah Wright .... assistant art director: London
Sound Department
Dave Arms .... boom: Florida
Diane Boucher .... adr supervisor
Jo Caron .... foley recordist
Frederic Cloutier .... assistant sound effects editor
Larry DeCarmine .... sound mixer: Florida (as Larry Decarmine)
Michel Descombes .... sound re-recording mixer
Jérôme Décarie .... foley artist
Gavin Fernandes .... sound re-recording mixer
Gran Finale .... boom operator: New York (as Grand Finale)
Nicolas Gagnon .... assistant foley artist
Claude La Haye .... production sound mixer
Claude La Haye .... sound
Jean-Claude Laureux .... sound mixer: Paris & London
Philippe Lavigne .... assistant foley recordist
Geoff Lippman .... consultant: Dolby (as Geof Lipman)
Antoine Morin .... sound effects editor
Guy Pelletier .... dialogue editor
Marcel Pothier .... sound
Francis Péloquin .... boom operator
Bruno Ruffolo .... adr recordist
Noah Timan .... sound mixer: New York
Vinca Vermesse .... boom operator: Paris
Special Effects by
Louis Craig .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Jean-François Bachand .... visual effects supervisor
Marc Doyon .... digital output
Yves Désilets .... compositing
Thomas Hallé .... compositing
Alain Lachance .... compositing
Guy Langlois .... effects coordinator
Serge Langlois .... technical supervisor
Emmanuel Mazeron .... graphic artist
Ann Smeltzer .... effects consultant
Alexandre Cadieux .... stunts
Jay Lavalley .... stunt person
Stéphane Lefebvre .... stunt coordinator
Hilary Porter .... stunt person
Camera and Electrical Department
Brett Albright .... loader: New York
Maude Arsenault .... fashion photographer
Sophie Baker .... still photographer: London
François Berroir .... gaffer: Paris
Alan Blagg .... best boy grip: New York
Xavier Cholet .... electrician: Paris
François Daignault .... Steadicam operator
Chuck Finch .... gaffer: London
Stephen Finch .... best boy electric: London (as Steve Finch)
James Fine .... video film sync
Arturo García .... second assistant camera: Florida (as Artie Garcia)
Alain Gautherin .... key grip: Paris
Eric Gies .... electrician: Paris
Sean Gray .... gaffer: Florida
Serge Grenier .... key grip
Heidi Grunwald .... grip: New York
Noémie Gélinas .... video assist
John Harris .... electrician
Jim Hopkins .... key grip: Florida
J. Alan Hostetter .... gaffer: New York (as Alan Hostetter)
Pierric Jouvante .... electrician (as Pierrick Jouvante)
Edith Labbe .... assistant camera: second unit (as Edith Labbé)
Jacques Leduc .... director of photography: second unit
Eric Lefèbvre .... electrician trainee (as Eric Lefebvre)
Carl Lessard .... fashion photographer
Jean Levasseur .... best boy
Franck Loiseau .... grip: Paris
Patrice Massé .... fashion photographer
Andréane Melançon .... clapper loader
Kai Morbey .... electrician: Florida
François Parent .... assistant camera: second unit
Scott Porter .... best boy grip: Florida
Dany Racine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
John Schwartz .... electrician: New York
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Tengo Sepyashvily .... grip: New York
John Sider .... best boy: Florida
Tim Spellman .... key grip: New York
Marion Stalens .... still photographer: Paris
Jason Summers .... best boy electric: New York
Stuart Verity .... rigger: London
Normand Viau .... gaffer
Paul Viau .... best boy
Grant Wakefield .... second assistant camera: London
Derek Walker .... second assistant camera: New York
Matt Weinstein .... grip: New York
Cliff Weisner .... electrician: New York (as Cliff Wiesner)
Jonathan Wenk .... still photographer
Dirk Westphal .... still photographer: New York
Terry Williams .... key grip: London
Sylvestre Dedise .... electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Daniel Ben Loulou .... extras casting: Paris (as Daniel Benloulou)
Sarah Bird .... casting: London
Jacques Dublin .... casting: Paris
Olivia Harris .... casting: New York
Sylvie Meyer .... casting: Paris
Marie-France Michel .... casting: Paris
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Clément .... head dresser
Amanda Craze .... wardrobe supervisor: London
Peter Dawe .... assistant dresser (as Peter W. Dawe)
Marie-Claude Deschênes .... extras dresser (as Marie-Claude Deschenes)
Nathalie du Roscoat .... wardrobe mistress: Paris (as Nathalie Du Roscoat)
Agnès Falque .... dresser: Paris
Jody Felz .... stylist: Florida
Jennifer Galvelis .... dresser: New York
Charice Harris .... assistant dresser: New York
Tom Houchins .... costume coordinator: Mr. Gibson (as Thomas W. Hoochins)
Jean-Richard Morin .... wardrobe master
Luca Mosca .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Leigh Nicol .... assistant wardrobe supervisor: London
Editorial Department
Valérie Arlaud .... assistant editor: Paris
Mélanie Carignan .... on-line assistant editor
Pierre Duceppe .... film lab coordinator
Francine Gauthier .... color timer
Isabelle Malenfant .... assistant editor
Location Management
Isabelle Abastado .... assistant location manager
Matthew Chilsen .... location manager: New York
Joe Humares .... location manager: New York (as Joe Humeres)
Betsy Shankin-Morehouse .... assistant location manager: New York (as Betsy Shankin)
Michèle St-Arnaud .... location manager (as Michèle Saint-Arnaud)
Christian Biron .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Gilles Desnoyers .... composer: additional music
Osvaldo Montes .... composer: additional music
Guy Pelletier .... music editor
Greg Rogers .... executive music producer
Ray Williams .... executive music producer
Transportation Department
Marc Arsenault .... driver
Michel Brouillette .... picture car coordinator
Claude Bélanger .... driver (as Claude Belanger)
Pierre Chabot .... driver
Richard Curry .... captain: New York (as Rich Curry)
Bob Donavan .... driver: New York (as Robert Dunevan)
James Donnelly .... driver: New York (as Jim Donelly)
Tasso Mathiopoulos .... driver
Other crew
Valérie Allard .... assistant to producers: Cinémaginaire
Zur Attias .... key production assistant: New York
Henri Behar .... subtitler
Maggy Belzile .... assistant production administrator
Giovanni Bernardi .... consultant: modeling
Sandrine Boulet .... production assistant: Ciné b
Jeffrey A. Brown .... production assistant: New York
Cherri Campbell .... assistant to producer: Serendipity Point Films
Jean-Marc Casanova .... production administrator
Matthew Coe .... set runner: London (as Mat Coe)
Mathias Cremadez .... unit assistant: Paris
Julie Cyrenne .... assistant production administrator
Martin Desroches .... chief executive officer: Cinémaginaire
Marie-Josée Dupont .... production coordinator
Louis Dutil .... production assistant
Ted East .... business affairs: Alliance Atlantis
Martine Etchegaray .... secretary: Paris
Valérie Fiset .... receptionist
Safron Flower .... office manager: London
Jill Fraser .... production legal services
Michele Giordano .... production coordinator: New York
Anne-Marie Giroux .... stand-in: Miss Paré
Isabelle Godin .... production assistant
Amy Green .... production assistant: Serendipity Point Films
Hélène Grimard .... assistant production administrator (as Hélène Gallizzi)
Anne-Lyse Haket .... assistant to producers: Cinémaginaire
Benjamin Hess .... unit assistant: Paris
Mark Horowitz .... international sales: Alliance Atlantis Pictures International
Olivier Jacob .... unit assistant: Paris
Lorraine Jamison .... unit publicist
Lacia Kornylo .... head of production: Alliance Atlantis
France Lachapelle .... script supervisor
Eric Leca .... research: Cinémaginaire (as Éric Leca)
Marc Lefler .... production assistant: Serendipity Point Films
Jean-Claude Lemire .... consultant: Cinémaginaire
Denise Lunsford .... production coordinator: Florida
Deborah MacNeil .... administrative assistant: Cinémaginaire (as Debbie Macneil)
Richard Mancuso .... accountant: New York
Michelle Masseyeff .... unit assistant: Paris
Mark Musselman .... business affairs: Serendipity Point Films
Lynette Norris .... production coordinator: London
Sophie Perelle .... unit assistant: Paris
Conrad Perrault .... visual consultant (as Conrad Perreault)
Ludovic Petit .... unit assistant: Paris
Amélie Ponette .... script supervisor apprentice
Bob Presner .... completion bond
Paulo Quintans .... set production assistant
Tiffany Rieder .... administrative assistant: Cinémaginaire
Pierre-Jean Robert .... unit assistant: Paris (as Pierre Jean Robert)
Andrew Rosen .... production assistant: Alliance Atlantis
Julia Rosenberg .... creative affairs: Serendipity Point Films
Manon Rufer .... production assistant
Wendy Saffer .... publicity: Serendipity Point Films (as Wendy Saffer Ricco)
Lydia Setton .... production administrator: Paris
Ho Shang .... production coordinator: Florida
Henry-George Thomas .... parking coordinator: New York (as Henry George Thomas)
Sylvia Vargas .... production coordinator: Paris
Alice Vosmek .... production coordinator: New York
Andrea Wood .... business and legal affairs: Alliance Atlantis
Daniel Gourd .... the producers wish to thank
Ralph Kemp .... the producers wish to thank
Koji Nihommatsu .... the producers wish to thank
Katherine Pradeau .... the producers wish to thank
Stephan Schwartz .... the producers wish to thank
Karim Tassi .... the producers wish to thank

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Also Known As:
"15 Moments" - Canada (English title)
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Rated R for language and sexual content
100 min | Argentina:105 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:12 | USA:R | USA:TV-MA (cable rating)
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Virtually every shot of Jessica Pare is a broadcast or reflected image: she is seen in video clips, on the monitor of cameras, reflected in mirrors, glimpsed through glass, or in still photos, but never directly.See more »
Continuity: When Tina leaves the hospital, her left arm is in a sling. In subsequent scenes, her right arm is in the sling.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Arcands blends the lines between fame and reality, 10 October 2000
Author: Shiva-11 from Vancouver, BC

Fame. According to Andy Worhol, everybody gets his or her fifteen minutes. How you react when plunged into the spotlight, or whether you even get a choice is something all together different. Tina Menzhal goes from being just another small town girl playing hockey to international superstar when her picture finds its way into the right hands. She suddenly finds herself, starring as fruit in TV commercials, walking the runways in New York and Paris and dating the rich and other famous. Thanks to the invasive camera of a documentary filmmaker, we get an inside view of the madness.

The famous people project an image - they go to all the right parties, drive the snazziest cars, date the shiny people and attract a legion of hangers on. Money, a need to be seen and on occasion pheromones, drive their life and relationships, and they lack any real substance. They are usually found in the company of the most vacuous species of all - the supermodels. Although these flawless walking trademarks are literally placed on a pedestal, with people constantly fawning over them, they are secretly reviled, derided as phonies and thought to be incapable of forming a coherent thought on any subject beyond make-up. Even more bizarre is the fact that most women will go to ridiculous lengths to look like them.

Denys Arcand's Stardom is merciless in its indictment of the media, fame, and the cult of beauty. The media - from "legitimate" reporters to Jerry Springer style talk show hosts - are portrayed as scheming, incompetent, sensationalist sycophants who will do whatever possible to get the story, build up the stars and then spend the rest of the time trying to tear them down. No detail of someone's life is too private to escape scrutiny, indeed the more personal it is the better the story - not a big stretch… The symbiosis between the media and fame is depicted as an incestuous co-dependent relationship.

Cast in the role of Tina is relative newcomer (she had a small role in a mini-series) Jessica Pare. Although she had originally sent in a tape for a minor role, when she walked in for her audition Arcand knew immediately that he had found his Tina. Pare has the necessary combination of stunning beauty, and innocence to be believable as the young unknown catapulted to superstardom. Dan Akroyd, is brilliant as the staid, married restauranteur who becomes so enraptured with Tina's beauty that he completely loses himself and everything he holds dear pursuing her. Frank Langella is amusing as the aging diplomat caught in a late life crisis, who tries vainly to control Tina so that he may bask in her beauty, and is burned when he gets too close to the flame.

Artful direction, up close and personal cinematography and great performances sometimes make you forget you're watching a mockumentary. At times I felt like I was watching an accident - I was repulsed and intrigued at the same time. The characters, although somewhat outlandish at times, are not overly ridiculous - for anyone with any doubts, pick up a copy of "Variety" or "People" to see what fame can do to person.

The real question is whether life will imitate art for Ms. Pare.

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