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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.

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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.

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Drama | Comedy

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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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Film debut of Jessica Paré. 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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Featured in Best! Movies! Ever!: Fashion (2007) See more »

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stardimmed
19 February 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

This movie, this... er, movie, the term has to be used very loosely here... This movie does not feel like watching a movie. I had the feeling that I was watching the Special Features, the Making of STARDOM, Behind the Scenes on the set of STARDOM, okay, that was the appetizer, now for the real meat... Oops, you mean, that was it?

It's not that I do not get it. Make your own impression from the evidence given, that sort of thing. It's not that I do not like the glitzy images. Of course I do. But where's the story, people, where's the character-driven real watchable story?

Okay, it's not totally devoid of story. Of character. About every ten or fifteen minutes or so, something along that line, well, sort of, I guess, happens...

There has never been a good story about models. There has been a great movie about fashion, THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA, but about models, no. (Everybody kicks MODELS INC. so I'll be quiet about that) Yet the modeling world is one that could really be the subject of a great movie.

After LOST AND DELIRIOUS, did research on Jessica Paré, and decided to get me STARDOM. There were several warnings posted by reviewers and commentators, but of course, I wanted to see for myself. A downloaded bit, trailer I think, spurred me on. But when watching, you realize how empty the experience is, feels like channel- surfing during Fashion Week. Something here, something there, mostly nothing really.

I give a an exceedingly high score to Jessica Paré's beauty, the look of a newborn thing, I mean, she looks newer than brand-new, ooh wow... But the movie plods on and on without there being any REAL story. This quickly becomes a quagmire of a bunch of looped fashionable images that remains NOT A REAL MOVIE.

I get what they were trying to do, but they should have tackled it in a different way, with a more conventional presentation.

Looks like Second Unit camera work. You know, the guys who film the montage scenes.

Think of what you see here, as the set dressing. Now just add the STORY.

For crying out loud, Jessica Paré deserves better!


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