102 minutes – Satirical comedy
Release date: October 13, 2000
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Canadian distributor: Alliance Atlantis
Tina Menzhal (newcomer Jessica Paré) plays for the woman’s hockey team in Cornwall, Ontario. At a team practice, a local photographer snaps some shots of her which he hopes to sell on the open market. They get into the hands of a local talent agent who sees the potential in Tina’s fresh-faced beauty. She is called into the agency and given the full model “treatment.” Tina is hired for her first commercial, to promote a local diary product, where she meets fashion photographer Philippe Gascon. Gascon promotes her, and soon Tina has left the agency and is on her way to Paris and the big time. Through a montage of media, we experience an exciting glimpse of the elite world of the super-beautiful and the superficial while revealing the dark side of idolization, power and exploitation that accompanies it.
Also see: Denys Arcand’s Stardom: Media Mania and the Beauty of Beauty