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Stella (2008)





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A street-smart girl is given a crash course in how the other half lives in this bittersweet comedy from writer and director Sylvie Verheyde. Eleven year old Stella (Leora Barbara) is the daughter of Roselyne (Karole Rocher), a currently single mother who runs a tavern in a working-class neighborhood in Paris. Stella is used to helping out her mom at work and knows a lot more about football, mixing drinks and what's popular on the jukebox than nearly any girl her age. But none of this proves very helpful to Stella when to her surprise she's transferred to a school in one of the city's mot upscale communities. Stella is a thorough misfit at the school and doesn't do especially well in her classes; eventually she makes friends with Gladys (Melissa Rodrigues), the smartest girl in her class, who introduces Stella to the world of great literature. Stella finds that books teach her some valuable lessons about how to deal with others, but she's not sure how much her new studies will help her in the real world; Stella is also wrestling with a crush on Alain-Bernard (Guillaume Depardieu), a regular at the bar and a good friend of her mother who is a font of information that shouldn't be useful to an average 11-year-old. Stella was an official selection at the 2009 Seattle International Film Festival.


Maxence Thorey
as Alexandre Bergeron
Karole Rocher
as Roselyne, la mère de Stella
Benjamin Biolay
as Serge, le père de Stella
Guillaume Depardieu
as Alain Bernard
Valérie Stroh
as Mme Tillier-Dumas
Anne Benoît
as Mme Douchewsky
Nicolas Janny
as M. Cotenson
Yolaine-Anne Gliott
as La directrice du collège
Clémence Lassalas
as Laurence Faguay
Laura Martin
as Nathalie Corbière
Inès Ferrer
as Isabelle Porthéous
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Critic Reviews for Stella

All Critics (3)

This is about the life-changing little things that happen to us all, which makes it all the more affecting.

October 4, 2009 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Verheyde does a terrific job conveying the mind set of an eleven-year-old girl with expert direction of a talented trio of inexperienced actresses.

August 2, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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July 22, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Stella

Maybe a modern "Les quatre cents coups". The image of "the France of today". * Stella´s jacket (an the scene where´s walking in a sort of mall, while the teachers decide if she will be approved or not) reminded me of Christiane F. Probably an indirect influence/reference.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer

Have we seen it before?It's possible.All of a sudden,this burst of outlandish situations is what makes little Stella a diverse character on-screen,like she has jumped from an Andersen fairytale engulfed with the most satirical elements from Nouvelle Vague.Barbara is fierce and romantic in her acting,in that her inexperience transforms to a lullaby of anarchy.

Dimitris Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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