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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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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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Country:

Canada | France

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 »

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During Tina's first fashion show, the "Victoria's Secret" lettering can be seen against the back drop of the curtain as the models begin to walk towards the stage. 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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Arcand Showcases his Keen Eye for the Obvious
9 September 2000 | by edisto_scSee all my reviews

I attended the Gala presentation of Arcand's Stardom at the Toronto Film Festival last night and was so disappointed I felt myself getting angrier and angrier for wasting my time through this cliche critique of the supermodel world.

It was unoriginal, uninspired and totally uninteresting.

I am repeatedly dismayed by my fellow Canadians who champion this sort of crap just because it is Canadian.

If you hated other films like Cronenberg's M Butterfly, Egoyan's Exotica, Whale Music, and other Canadian films that were over-hyped, well....you can add this to the list.

It is a stinker and deserves the Raspberry.

No point in outlining the plot -- it's so predictable and one-dimensional. I'm too embarrassed to introduce you to the characters which never develop, are cliche stock characters portrayed by a series of displays of incredibly bad acting.

Ouch.


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