Performance-wise, Isild Le Besco is irritating, but Emmanuelle Seigner provides the suitable gravitas, and hedonistic randomness, as the pop star.
[font=Century Gothic]"Backstage" is a deeply unsettling and riveting psychodrama that is anchored by two great performances from its leads, complementing each other perfectly. It starts out with the viciously ugly spectacle of reality television(At first, I thought the ambush was a police raid. Was this intentional?) before moving on to an incisive examination of fame and celebrity. Before the film starts, Lucie was probably just a normal teenager who like others of her age felt that Lauren was singing only to her.(Although most young music fans are probably polytheistic, not monotheistic.) Her meeting with Lauren reinforces this belief, thus unleashing a force that takes her out of her ordinary world and places her in Lauren's. And the singer who was once thrilled to perform for her fans, is now a shadow of her former self, trapped in a hotel suite, and relying on prescription medication to get her through the day which puts a great strain on her symbiotic relationship with her entourage. [/font]