Stardom

Stardom

Movie: Stardom
Director: Denys Arcand
Produced by: Alliance Atlantis Communications, Cinemaginaire, Ciné B, Serendipity Point Films
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MPAA Rating: R

French Canadian director Denys Arcand pushes the boundaries of the mockumentary with Stardom, the tale of a fictional neophyte supermodel told entirely through clips of her appearances on talk shows, television interviews, and documentaries. Originally titled 15 Moments, Stardom begins its portrait at a women’s hockey game in the nether regions of Ontario, Canada. When the team’s formidable teenage forward Tina pulls her helmet off, letting her brunette tresses fly, a bystander snaps a photo, and Tina soon becomes the buzz at the country’s hottest fashion houses. Her rise through the industry, however, is plagued by advances from older men with sundry motives: a smitten French photographer, a smarmy entrepreneur, the Canadian Ambassador to the U.N., and a slick promoter. Stardom was the closing film at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time in over 50 years that a Canadian production was chosen for such an honor, it would go on to open the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival before its theatrical premiere.

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