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Backstage (2005)

An adolescent groupie zeroes in on her Blondie-like idol after the singer chances to cross her orbit on a publicity tour. Gradually their lives intertwine as, with near-operatic intensity, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
... Lauren Waks
... Lucie
... Juliette
Valéry Zeitoun ... Seymour
Samuel Benchetrit ... Daniel
Édith Le Merdy ... Marie-Line, la mère de Lucie (as Edith Le Merdy)
Jean-Paul Walle Wa Wana ... Jean-Claude, le garde du corps
... Nanou
Lise Lamétrie ... La femme de chambre
Claude Duneton ... Le père de Lauren
Joëlle Miquel ... Une fan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aurore Auteuil ... Pamela
Yousef Baghdary ... Stéphane
Alain Berlioux ... L'amant de Lauren
Patrick Blanchais ... L'ingénieur son studio
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An adolescent groupie zeroes in on her Blondie-like idol after the singer chances to cross her orbit on a publicity tour. Gradually their lives intertwine as, with near-operatic intensity, the film delves into the emotional dependency on both sides of celebrity culture. Written by Tribeca Film Festival

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Backstage - Paixão Delirante  »

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$1,010, 24 November 2006, Limited Release

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$12,312, 4 February 2007
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'Backstage' - of idols and monsters
4 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Emmanuelle Bercot - popular in France, little-known in the U.S. - may make a name for herself with "Backstage," opening today [1/5] at the Embarcadero Cinemas.

In this film she directed last year, a teenage groupie's fantasy comes true, turns into a nightmare, then resolved with a bizarre and chilling double-cross, in relentless action that often borders on melodrama.

If Bercot did nothing else except cast Isild Le Besco to play Lucie, the true believer in Lauren, a Blondie/Céline-like pop star (Emmanuelle Seigner), she would deserve much credit. Lucie is totally obsessed with Lauren - her room a shrine to the singer, every word of her songs memorized and internalized - and Le Besco makes the character scarily believable.

A veteran of 32 movies, the 24-year-old actress has the face and temperament of a chameleon, she is far from "Hollywood-pretty," but has a mesmerizing presence. It's high time American audiences get to see her. Le Besco's "strangeness, raw presence, combining a child's gentleness with the disturbing qualities of madness" (in Bercot's words) make an indelible impression.

Fan and star cross paths, and the monstrous diva brings the often catatonic idolater into her dysfunctional, chaotic life. All the power is on one side in this relationship, and yet - shades of "All About Eve"! - Lucie gets her way unexpectedly at times. A large, capable cast rounds out what is essentially a duet for the two women.

Without lecturing or preaching, Bercot unmasks ugly aspects of celebrity worship. Her script for the film ranges from pedestrian to insightful. As so many movies today, "Backstage" suffers from the lack of a decisive editor, overstaying its welcome by running almost two hours. It may remain unrated, but the realistic/intimate depiction of the pop star's life definitely puts it in the "R"-plus range.


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