7.2/10
1,408
3 user 32 critic

Stella (2008)

Paris, 1977. Eleven year old Stella knows poker better than grammar when she starts the year at a prestigious new school. There, she discovers the possibilities of a whole new world outside her parents' bar.

Director:

Sylvie Verheyde

Writer:

Sylvie Verheyde (scenario and dialogue)
Reviews
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Léora Barbara ... Stella
Mélissa Rodriguès Mélissa Rodriguès ... Gladys
Laëtitia Guerard Laëtitia Guerard ... Geneviève
Karole Rocher ... Roselyne, la mère de Stella
Benjamin Biolay ... Serge, le père de Stella
Guillaume Depardieu ... Alain Bernard
Johan Libéreau ... Loïc
Jeannick Gravelines Jeannick Gravelines ... Bubu
Valérie Stroh Valérie Stroh ... Mme Tillier-Dumas, prof d'histoire-géo
Thierry Neuvic ... Yvon
Anne Benoît Anne Benoît ... Mme Douchewsky, prof d'anglais
Christophe Bourseiller ... M. Larpin, prof de français
Nicolas Janny Nicolas Janny ... M. Cotenson
Christel Dewynter Christel Dewynter ... Mme Huchon
Yolaine-Anne Gliott Yolaine-Anne Gliott ... La directrice du collège
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The head of a Japanese theatre troupe returns to a small coastal town where he left a son who thinks he is his uncle, and tries to make up for the lost time, but his current mistress grows jealous.

Director: Yasujirô Ozu
Stars: Ganjirô Nakamura, Machiko Kyô, Haruko Sugimura
Madame Claude (2020)
Biography

Paris, the late 1960s. Madame Claude is at the head of a flourishing business dedicated to prostitution that gives her power over both the french political and criminal worlds. But the end of her empire is closer than she thinks.

Director: Sylvie Verheyde
Stars: Karole Rocher, Roschdy Zem, Garance Marillier
Black Orpheus (1959)
Drama | Fantasy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A retelling of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set during the time of the Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro.

Director: Marcel Camus
Stars: Breno Mello, Marpessa Dawn, Lourdes de Oliveira
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

Paris, 1830: Octave, betrayed by his mistress, sinks into despair and debauchery. His father's death leads him to the country where he meets Brigitte, a widow who is ten years his elder. ... See full summary »

Director: Sylvie Verheyde
Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Pete Doherty, August Diehl
A Brother... (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Loic is a photographer who is trying to leave his working-class background behind and make a name for himself as an artist. His best friend Tony has become involved with both hard drugs and... See full summary »

Director: Sylvie Verheyde
Stars: Jeannick Gravelines, Emma de Caunes, Nils Tavernier
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a Siberian state forest guard discovers he has cancer and only two months left to live he chooses to take the identity of a woman as a way of fighting the disease.

Directors: Aleksey Chupov, Natasha Merkulova
Stars: Evgeniy Tsyganov, Natalya Kudryashova, Yuriy Kuznetsov
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of the 1960 hostile extraction of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann, by the Mossad to Israeli justice.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Robert Duvall, Arliss Howard, Jeffrey Tambor
Them (2006)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud
Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca
Princesses (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Johan has three children with different women. Two adult daughters: Sophie and Virginie, and a young son in Amsterdam. Loïc gave Johan diamonds of a criminal origin. Her husband Simon ... See full summary »

Director: Sylvie Verheyde
Stars: Emma de Caunes, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Karole Rocher
Pontypool (2008)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Director: Bruce McDonald
Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Eric Portman, Edana Romney, Barbara Mullen
Water Lilies (2007)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After meeting at a local pool over their summer break, a love triangle forms between three adolescent girls, which proves difficult to sustain as they each desire the love of another.

Director: Céline Sciamma
Stars: Pauline Acquart, Louise Blachère, Adèle Haenel
Edit

Storyline

Paris, 1977. Eleven year old Stella knows poker better than grammar when she starts the year at a prestigious new school. There, she discovers the possibilities of a whole new world outside her parents' bar.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in On demande à voir: Episode #1.8 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Où sont les femmes ?
Written by Jean-Michel Jarre (lyrics) and Patrick Juvet (music)
Performed by Patrick Juvet
See more »

User Reviews

 
Stella: the difficulty and the beauty of growing up
30 August 2009 | by yris2002See all my reviews

This French movie reminds me of an Italian movie, "Diari", I have recently reviewed and appreciated so much for its intelligence in portraying the world of the teens. "Stella", set in another context and in a different historical time, being it 1977 Paris and not contemporary Italy, shows that same intelligence, together with intensity. What I noticed and struck me in both movies is the perception that the emotional fragility and the sense of uneasiness proper of the young is always the same in any historical moment, but more striking is the fact that behind that world of uneasiness does always lie a world of confused and still emotionally fragile adults, who have grown old, but not grown up yet, adults by age but not by mind. "Diari" teaches that an encounter between the world of the adults and that of the adolescents is possible through care for others. In "Stella" does this encounter appear more difficult and painful, but in the end, a very moving and emotionally intense end, actually, the comforting idea emerges that children can forgive the mistakes of their parents in such a natural way. What both the young and the adults are looking for is just a single sign of care from others to give back mutually, and when there is love between these two, not so distant worlds, it is always possible to find the right time and space to start everything anew. Growing up has always been a difficult and hard path, but it is always worth setting out. Part of my emotional involvement was also due to the tender scenes of the first dances with a boy (accompanied by the still moving song "Ti amo" by Umberto Tozzi), which reminded me, with a touch of never embarrassing nostalgia, of my adolescent years. In the end, I would underline Guillaume Depardieu's performance as truly moving and intense, and also the actors playing Stella's parents are good and involving. I am happy that this movie, after having been censored to people under 14, has been later been recognized as suitable for all people, I think it's a movie that the teens could really appreciate and learn something from.


18 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Diaphana [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 November 2008 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Με λένε Στέλλα See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,350,873
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed