Wednesday, March 11, 2009

With her first film A Brother, Sylvie Verheyde established herself as one of the most distinctive filmmakers of her generation. With Stella, shown to great acclaim at this year’s Venice Film Festival, she returns to the subject of modern family life: An 11-year-old girl (Leora Barbara) comes into her own while coping with her working-class family’s meltdown. Verheyde avoids easy clichýs or stark heroes and villains, creating the sense of a warm, embracing atmosphere for Stella even as she drifts away from her parents’ world.

  • Country France
  • Language In French with English subtitles
  • Running Time 95 minutes minutes
  • Director Sylvie Verheyde