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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.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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

Gross USA:

$10,886

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,886
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jessica Paré. See more »

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 »

Quotes

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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Featured in Best! Movies! Ever!: Fashion (2007) See more »

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Proverb
Written and Performed by Steve Reich
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
© 1996 Hendon Music Inc.
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Licensing
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A portrait of an idiotic society which finds and discards superficial heroes
9 March 2004 | by max von meyerlingSee all my reviews

Really an excellent little film, it reads like an update of DARLING in that it details the vacuous inner life of a young woman whose physical appearance is her only quality but one which take her around the world as a successful model and to the very pinnacle of her profession. However it is something of a cautionary tale as her inner vacuousness means she can never appreciate what she has or analyze how she got it. Because of her looks and success and fame no one ever stops to ask her. She is a moral imbecile but that too goes unremarked upon because everybody else in her world is one too and the only thing that is noticed about a human personality is material success i.e. either you're a winner or a loser.

The ending is perfect as it plays far more realistically than the comeuppance of Darling where the heroine has achieved the status of a princess but yet she is deathly bored. The heroine of STARDOM doesn't even have that ability to self reflect. While STARDOM plays less bitterly than DARLING because it is less a poison portrait of a manipulating bitch than social criticism, a presentation of an idiotic society which finds and discards superficial heroes, the more blank the better, as a matter of course. If the heroine of STARDOM actually had an intellect, or a central nervous system, she might be regarded as a victim but she seems to have less self awareness than the replicantes of BLADE RUNNER. The ending is chilling for the more sentient audience members, others will be puzzled by what the big deal is at an apparent happy ending.

These are the people who are indirectly being criticized in STARDOM.


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