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Stardom (2000)

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

Director:

Denys Arcand

Writers:

Denys Arcand, Jacob Potashnik (as J. Jacob Potashnik)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Paré ... Tina Menzhal
Victoria Snow ... Tina's Mother
Jessica Mackenzie 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
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Storyline

A sports photographer in rural Canada sends a picture of a high school athlete, Tina Menzhal, to a Montréal fashion agency. This starts Tina on a career taking her from Canada to Paris to Montréal again, to Manhattan, to the world, and then home, through two boyfriends, two husbands, and innumerable TV interviews, either with nasty smiling scandalmongers or with gushing witless twits. In nearly every case, Tina never gets to finish a sentence. She has a suave agent, paparazzi are everywhere ("What the celebs forget, there's always a camera," says one), and a documentary filmmaker is on hand as well. What is it that Tina thinks, feels, and wants: will we ever find out? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

Sudden, Outrageous, Global Celebrity has a price tag.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | Canada

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 October 2000 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

15 Moments See more »

Filming Locations:

Cornwall, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,982, 29 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$77,527
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The majority of shots of Jessica Pare are broadcast or reflected images: she is seen in video clips, on the monitor of cameras, reflected in mirrors, glimpsed through glass, or in still photos, but rarely directly. See more »

Goofs

When Tina leaves the hospital, her left arm is in a sling. In subsequent scenes, her right arm is in the sling.

Actually, at 1:05:47, she is clearly shown with her right arm in a sling, just after coming out of hospital. The headshots just prior show the sling to be in a consistent position with this very clear shot. Every shot with the sling is with the right arm in it. See more »

Quotes

Barry Levine: [old guy enthralled by his young lover, obviously doomed relationship] Look at her.
[beautiful Tina's, in fact, being chatted up on the beach by young stud]
Barry Levine: Can you see her?
[sighs]
Barry Levine: She's so fucking beautiful.
[smiles proudly, stressed out, takes a sip from drink]
Barry Levine: You don't know how beautiful she is. She slides in bed with you naked, you wanna die. It just fucking kills you.
[close-up of her angelic face]
Barry Levine: You walk into a room with her, every man, every woman wants her. President of the United States...
[...]
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Mainstreet
Composed by Juicebox (Martin Dumais and Marc Leclair)
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Biting satire with a beautiful face
15 May 2004 | by sfbearcopSee all my reviews

In the vein of "This is Spinal Tap" and the other mocumentary films out there, "Stardom" manages to take shots at almost every aspect of celebrity, Canadian-ness, high-fashion and a lot more. I found this one while looking for something to watch on a slow Friday night, "Third Watch" having gone on summer hiatus. I have always liked Akroyd and the plot looked like fun. Of course, had I seen a picture of Jessica Paré, I wouldn't have needed anything more. She looks very much like Liv Tyler, minus the famous and luscious Tyler lips. Paré's character, Tina Menzhal, is the epitome of a beautiful tomboy -- yeah, as one viewer said she looks too pretty to be a trade-school hockey player; she has all her teeth -- but anomalies do exist.

There are some slow moments, but the movie mostly moves along well, blending the footage shot by the obsessive film maker, (played so well by Robert Lepage) -- mostly in B&W -- with stuff from other points of view. It isn't a deep character study -- although we do get to see a bit of what goes into some of the main characters -- but it is a very funny movie. I won't spoil it, but Frank Langella has one scene which represents what a lot of people might want to say, and I bet he enjoyed it. He, Akroyd, Gibson and the other supporting actors do great work. In fact it is some of the best work I've seen Akroyd do since the high days of SNL.

I've never seen Denys Arcand's work before -- and understand this is atypical -- but don't think he has anything to be ashamed of. This is a well made, biting but very funny satire of fame, the media and life in our modern world. Highly recommended at 7.5 out of 10. Really.


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