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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:

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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Montreal Talk-Show Host: [leaving his guest stranded to fend for himself as he comes down to interview girlfriend] Hello?
[in French, causing a deer-in-the-headlights startled look from her]
Montreal Talk-Show Host: What? Pussycat got your tongue?
Tina Menzhal: [uncomfortably] I'm sorry, I don't speak French.
Montreal Talk-Show Host: [in her language now:] Nobody's perfect. But I think you are very close.
[audience loves this]
Montreal Talk-Show Host: I saw you coming in with this guy. Is he your boyfriend?
Tina Menzhal: I can't talk.
Montreal Talk-Show Host: [in French, to audience:] She can't talk. The plot thickens, let's unravel this mystery.
[...]
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Stardom = Shallowdom = Brilliance
6 September 2005 | by AZINDNSee all my reviews

The cult of celebrity and beauty is exposed in the blackest humor by Denys Arcand with the hysterical Stardom. Jessica Pare as Tina Menzel is a vacuous beauty who is never allowed to be more than a pretty face and sexy body. A cast of mostly Canadian actors, Dan Ackroyd (SNL), Thomas Gibson (Dahrma and Greg), and newcomer Pare are cast to perfection in a scathing parody of entertainment television, expose documentaries, fashion television, and talk shows. Frank Langella (HBO Unscripted) portrays stuffy Blaine De Castillion, an aging minor diplomat who marries a trophy wife only to be thrown over by her for yet another monosyllabic athletic type.

Tina is the young victim of her own beauty and presented as an uneducated, unsophisticated, and naive girl swept into the heights of celebrity solely by the manipulation of her stunning face and figure. She is the victim of both men and women of the fashion trade that cash in. The modeling world which Tina inhabits is exposed with stunning cinematography as Arcand strips away the layers of commercialism that relies on selling the notions of youth and physical perfection like Tina Menzel.

No pc topic is overlooked by Arcand who takes a swipe at Canada's First Nation's eco-hype and indigenous spirituality, PETA animal rights fanaticism, heavily accented Canuk celebrity reporters, ice hockey, and feminist-lesbian-politics all with hilarious results.

Thomas Gibson as the steely agent for the multinational public relation agency that represents Tina never permits his client to be anything but the innocent yet desirable money-making product. Gibson's brief b/w screen time reflects a high production cosmetic ad and both Pare and Gibson are beautifully photographed to highlight their physical attractiveness, yet theirs is the only on screen relationship never consumated. Gibson's performance is both subtle, ambiguous, and dead on, esp. teaching a 400-level Yale course in "Sports and Celebrity Entertainment" and warning students of Millie-Vanilli versus Celine Dion talent spotting.

With little exposure beyond HBO screenings, Stardom continues to be true to the reality TV trend, yet, while it was ahead of its time, particularly in comments about full frontal nudity and Meg Ryan that unfortunately have come true, Arcand's film is often so subtle its droll satire flies over the heads of an unreflective public failing to grasp the humor and truth of the informed filmmaker.


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