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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, Rovi

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  • Actors: Emmanuelle Seigner. Isild Le Besco.
  • Directors: Emmanuelle Bercot
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L43ANY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,411 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Backstage" on IMDb

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I loved the film---some great acting turns, especially by the young lady in the lead. I could feel the intensity of her emotion! It's been many years since I had a hopeless crush on a celebrity (and never to this degree), but I felt like I was going through this experience with Lucie, feeling her love, longing, pain, disappointment, and devotion.

That said, beware! This film is NOT widescreen, and the transfer is terrible, from a dirty and scratched film. Chopping the sides of the film off also cut off part of the burned-in subtitles. This wonderful film deserves a better presentation!
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Granted, I only bought this film because Emmanuelle Seigner is in it, but it turned out to be her best performance of the movies she has starred in during the 2000-2009 time-frame. Yes, I categorize her works based on decades (1980-1989), (1990-1999), (2000-2009), (2010-present). When she is cast in French films, she never fails to deliver and holds her own against any other actress you care to mention.

She plays a burnt out pop star superbly, and the story is not at all what I expected based on the trailer, cover, or even synopsis. Very good examination of the relationship between her and the mentally imbalanced young girl who idolizes her to the point of obsession. Surprisingly realistic, not the run-of-the-mill celebrity worship story with predictable events like you would see in US made films of this genre.

Emmanuelle Seigner is also one of the few actresses who can't help but remain pretty even when she is supposed to be ugly - a good thing, and not a comment on her acting ability at all as she is excellent. She went on to further expand her career as a singer shortly after this film was made and had two albums ("Ultra Orange and Emmanuelle" in 2006, and then later "Dingue" under her own name in 2010) - both are actually pretty good.

Now 47 years old, she is still sexier than most women half her age and is the very definition of a natural beauty. If for no other reason, watch the film to see her.
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By woodx on November 4, 2011
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Fascinating drama about a megastar pop singer and one of her obsessed fans. Casting is perfect in this film, Seigner and Le Besco are wonderful and really pull you into the drama. Definitely raw and challenging, but great cinema. There is a fairly important character decision that seemed a little surprising to me, one I've had a hard time accepting even on a second viewing. It provides the final drama, but it is the only flaw in an otherwise strong film.
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I'm no liitle girl, rather a 57 year old male -a physician and surgeon,
and I was very much impressed by this gem when it aired recently on Sundance. I was hoping to download its signature song here, "Je ne partirai pas ce soir" (unsuccessfully) when I came across the first and only review. It helps to know French, I suppose, but it is a fine film indeed and I enjoyed it immensely ... despite my age and sex.
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