• Released
  • September 7, 2005
  • 1 hr 55 min
  • Drama
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Backstage Synopsis
A teenage fan (Isild Le Besco) wheedles her way into the life of a rock diva (Emmanuelle Seigner).
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88

Premiere

By Aaron Hillis
Under the clichéd spell of rock-and-roll promiscuity and pills popped, Seigner shows astonishing range as the detached superstar who still...
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
The line separating "fan" from "fanatic" has never seemed as thin or as permeable as it does in this harrowing, and at times surprisingly...
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Director Emmanuelle Bercot's film offers a fascinating account of how a vulnerable star might mistake fan worship for something real.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
There's a pleasing tension in the air as their relationship comes to seem like something of a contest: With two women this needy, who will...
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60

Village Voice

By J. Hoberman
An enjoyably overwrought meditation on the consequences of celebrity and the vicissitudes of fandom, Backstage stars Le Besco as the...
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60

Variety

By Derek Elley
With its booming soundtrack of songs -- written by Laurent Marimbert and sung by Seigner herself -- and good chemistry between Le Besco and...
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50

Chicago Reader

By Jonathan Rosenbaum
The limiting factor, despite serious performances by the two leads, is that neither character is entirely believable.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
The results aren't gothic and bloody, as they were in the Lauren Bacall film "The Fan," or elegant and ironic as in the Bette Davis classic...
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50

Los Angeles Times

By Carina Chocano
As a take on celebrity as religious mass derangement, Backstage is nominally interesting. As a study of two characters, it's not very...
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50

The New York Times

By Stephen Holden
As long as it focuses on its feverishly needy central characters, neither of whom you would ever want to have as a friend, it remains true...
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