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12 November 2008 (France) See more »
Paris, 1977. Eleven year old Stella knows poker better than grammar when she starts the year at a prestigious new school. There, she discovers the possibilities of a whole new world outside her parents' bar. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Léora Barbara ... Stella
Mélissa Rodriguès ... Gladys
Laëtitia Guerard ... Geneviève
Karole Rocher ... Roselyne, la mère de Stella

Benjamin Biolay ... Serge, le père de Stella

Guillaume Depardieu ... Alain Bernard
Johan Libéreau ... Loïc
Jeannick Gravelines ... Bubu
Valérie Stroh ... Mme Tillier-Dumas, prof d'histoire-géo

Thierry Neuvic ... Yvon
Anne Benoît ... Mme Douchewsky, prof d'anglais

Christophe Bourseiller ... M. Larpin, prof de français
Nicolas Janny ... M. Cotenson
Christel Dewynter ... Mme Huchon
Yolaine-Anne Gliott ... La directrice du collège
Clémence Lassalas ... Laurence Faguay
Laura Martin ... Nathalie Corbière
Inès Ferrer ... Isabelle Porthéous
Maxence Thorey ... Alexandre Bergeron
William Wayolle ... Eric
Marceau Gorce ... Le garçon au ballon
Alexandre Ducrocq ... Garçon du Nord
Axel Torque ... Garçon du Nord
Jacky Roure ... Jacky (as Jackie Roure)
Farid Djouassi ... Farid (as Farid Djouasi)
Karim Canama ... Momo
Bruno Guillot ... Un habitué du bar

Walter Shnorkell ... Riton
Emma Chicotot ... La danseuse
Dominique Derose ... La grand-mère de Stella

Marie Hennerez ... La tante de Stella
Miguel Benasayag ... Le père de Gladys (as Miguel Benassayag)
Angélique Benassayag ... La mère de Gladys
Marc Bodziac ... Le père de Geneviève
Thomas Grézaud ... Un invité du dîner chez Gladys
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paula Edda Klein ... Gladys (voice)

Directed by
Sylvie Verheyde 
Writing credits
Sylvie Verheyde (scenario and dialogue)

Produced by
Sarah Benoliel .... assistant producer
Bruno Berthemy .... producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Nicolas Gaurin 
Film Editing by
Christel Dewynter 
Casting by
François Guignard 
Production Design by
Thomas Grézaud 
Makeup Department
Emma Chicotot .... key makeup artist
Milou Sanner .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Roland Berthemy .... assistant unit manager
Karim Canama .... production manager
Jérôme Petament .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christelle Lahaye .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sheherazade Achour .... props
Thomas Grézaud .... set designer
Sound Department
Olivier Do Huu .... sound mixer (as Olivier Dô Hùu)
Roland Duboué .... sound editor
Nicolas Fioraso .... assistant foley artist
Dimitri Haulet .... sound
Sylvain Malbrant .... sound editor
Benjamin Viau .... sound re-recordist
Visual Effects by
Fred Roz .... titles
Mikael Tanguy .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Aurélien Cachoir .... first assistant camera
Renaud Garnier .... additional electrician
Colas Jourdain .... additional electrician
Boris Lévy .... assistant camera
Julia Mingo .... second assistant camera
Bertrand Trividic .... additional electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Agnès Beziers .... wardrobe
Florie Vaslin .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Pascal Massonneau .... color timer
Other crew
Francis Auguy .... travelling car
Stéphanie Combot .... administrator
Gilles Conseil .... travelling
Nathalie Geoffroy .... production staff
Angélique Mary .... script supervisor

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Argentina:103 min | France:103 min
Argentina:13 | France:Tous publics | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating on appeal) | Netherlands:12

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18 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Stella: the difficulty and the beauty of growing up, 30 August 2009
Author: simona gianotti from Italy

This French movie reminds me of an Italian movie, "Diari", I have recently reviewed and appreciated so much for its intelligence in portraying the world of the teens. "Stella", set in another context and in a different historical time, being it 1977 Paris and not contemporary Italy, shows that same intelligence, together with intensity. What I noticed and struck me in both movies is the perception that the emotional fragility and the sense of uneasiness proper of the young is always the same in any historical moment, but more striking is the fact that behind that world of uneasiness does always lie a world of confused and still emotionally fragile adults, who have grown old, but not grown up yet, adults by age but not by mind. "Diari" teaches that an encounter between the world of the adults and that of the adolescents is possible through care for others. In "Stella" does this encounter appear more difficult and painful, but in the end, a very moving and emotionally intense end, actually, the comforting idea emerges that children can forgive the mistakes of their parents in such a natural way. What both the young and the adults are looking for is just a single sign of care from others to give back mutually, and when there is love between these two, not so distant worlds, it is always possible to find the right time and space to start everything anew. Growing up has always been a difficult and hard path, but it is always worth setting out. Part of my emotional involvement was also due to the tender scenes of the first dances with a boy (accompanied by the still moving song "Ti amo" by Umberto Tozzi), which reminded me, with a touch of never embarrassing nostalgia, of my adolescent years. In the end, I would underline Guillaume Depardieu's performance as truly moving and intense, and also the actors playing Stella's parents are good and involving. I am happy that this movie, after having been censored to people under 14, has been later been recognized as suitable for all people, I think it's a movie that the teens could really appreciate and learn something from.

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