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Backstage (2005)

Cast: Isild Le Besco, Isild Le Besco, Emmanuelle Seigner, more...
Director: Emmanuelle Bercot, Emmanuelle Bercot
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Strand Home Video
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Music, France
Running Time: 115 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

Celebrity obsession leads a French teen to track down her favorite singer following a disastrous staged television encounter between the pair in the feature debut from director Emmanuelle Bercot. The music of pop superstar Lauren (Emmanuelle Seigner) has a profound effect on the quiet life of teen admirer Lucie (Isild Le Besco), but when Lauren suddenly appears on Lucie's doorstep as part of a promotional campaign, the starstruck teen is left reeling when her idol serenades her with a love song in front of millions of viewers. Determined to have a genuine encounter with her idol sans the media circus, Lucie subsequently sets out to locate Lauren and hoodwinks the singer's tough-as-nails production assistant (Noemie Lvovsky) into allowing her into the mixed-up megastar's luxury suite. After the pair bonds over Lauren's latest breakup, the singer agrees to take her fan in as a low-level errand girl. Now, as the disillusioned teen begins to see past the glamorous facade to discover that fame has little bearing over emotional instability, she gradually begins to realize that the celebrity world is much different than she ever imagined. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

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Users, Bigtime by talltale April 12, 2007 - 5:24 PM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Writer/director (and actress, though not here) Emmanuelle Bercot's BACKSTAGE may be the best behind-the-scenes look at a female rock star and her adoring fans that's yet been seen. It's in French, and if subtitles are too much for you, that's your loss. From a first scene that sets up its diva, very well-played with a kind of nodding-off precision by the still-gorgeous Emmanuelle Seigner (Frantic and the upcoming La Vie en Rose), to its next that introduces our teen-age "heroine" Lucie (another knock-out performance from Isild Le Besco), the film packs in scene after scene of surprise and fascination without ever missing a beat in terms of the absolute integrity of its moment-to-moment dialog and acting.

Although you may expect something of a "stalker fan" film, the movie is much, much more: a tale of mutual using and taking by characters so needy they might stomp to oblivion everything in their path--were it not that both, in their way, are amazingly strong. Backstage offers excellent music, acting, writing and psychology rolled into one astonishing film. And, being French, it refuses to cross all its t's or dot its i's. You'll have to work a bit. Which is good for you, right?

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