The “Poor Me” Genre Of Celebrity Film

As America and the world become ever more obsessed with fame and the people who have it, it seems that celebrities themselves become increasingly unhappy with their lot. In fact, a stunning number of the films currently on view at the Toronto International Film Festival seem to be about the liability of celebrity, and the great sacrifices one makes in order to be famous. Such navel-gazing may ring hollow with some movie-goers struggling to make ends meet, but Geoff Pevere says that at their best, such films “focus on the spirit-sapping contradictions between being well-known and mortally flawed, of trying to reconcile private needs and public demand.”