You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Be My Star

A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, "Be My Star" is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well.

With:
With: Nicole Glaeser, Tina Sanoke, Christopher Schoeps, Sebastian Rinka, Monique Glaeser, Jeanine Glaeser.

A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill with Jessica Hausner’s Cannes discovery “Lovely Rita” in arthouse situations.

Shot on 16mm in a no-frills style, story centers on blond Nicole (Nicole Glaeser), a 14-year-old Berliner whose hormones are just waiting to be tweaked by her first boyfriend. The young guy turns out to be outwardly confident Schoeppi (Christopher Schoeps), whom she invites home one evening (her mother works nights) and for whom she soon declares her love — precipitously, as it turns out. Using non-pros, and investing the film with a low-key humor that springs more from situations than dialogue, Grisebach catches the small but — for teens — earth-shaking moments of emotional development with great care. Blowup to 35mm is OK.

Be My Star

Austria

Production: A PolyFilm release (in Austria) of a Filmakademie Wien (Austria)/Hochschule fur Film & Fernsehen Konrad Wolf (Germany) production. (International sales: Austrian Film Commission, Vienna.) Produced by Anna von Wagner. Directed, written by Valeska Grisebach.

Crew: Camera (color), Bernhard Keller; editor, Anja Jalomonowitz; art director, Betrice Schultz. Reviewed at Locarno Film Festival (Filmmakers of the Present), Aug. 3, 2001. Original title: Mein Stern. Running time: 62 MIN.

With: With: Nicole Glaeser, Tina Sanoke, Christopher Schoeps, Sebastian Rinka, Monique Glaeser, Jeanine Glaeser.

More Film

  • 'Museum' Review: Dazzling, Heartfelt Mexican Heist

    Berlin Film Review: 'Museum'

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

  • Touch Me Not

    Berlin Film Review: 'Touch Me Not'

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

  • 'Survivors Guide to Prison' Review

    Film Review: 'Survivors Guide to Prison'

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

  • 'Mute' Review: The Sound Isn't the

    Film Review: 'Mute'

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

  • Taura Stinson, Common, and Diane WarrenVariety

    Common, Pasek and Paul, Diane Warren Reveal Inspiration Behind Oscar-Nominated Songs

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

  • Berlin Facetime: Delphine Perrier, Highland Film

    Berlin Facetime: Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

  • AUGGIE (Jacob Tremblay) and JACK WILL

    Lionsgate's 'Wonder' Tops DVD, Blu-ray Disc Sales and Rental Charts

    A small but achingly well-observed study of the pains, embarrassments and comic snafus of early teen sexuality, “Be My Star” is a stellar short feature from documaker Valeska Grisebach that portends a promising future for her in the fiction arena as well. Further proof of Austria’s filmmaking renaissance, pic would make a nice double bill […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content