Me, My Own Boss

Austrian iconoclast Niki List returns with upbeat and sporadically funny "Me, My Own Boss," third in docu-drama trilogy tracing life and adventures of Christian Polster, now 33-year-old bon vivant who hasn't let the fact that he was born with Down syndrome stand in the way of his hyphenate life as actor, dancer, screenwriter and all-purpose ladies' man

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With: Christian Polster, Christa Polster, Robert Polster, Daniel Aschwanden, Cornelia Scheuer, Elisabeth Loffler.

Austrian iconoclast Niki List (“Mullers Buro,” “Heroes in the Tyrol”) returns with upbeat and sporadically funny “Me, My Own Boss,” third in docu-drama trilogy tracing life and adventures of Christian Polster, now 33-year-old bon vivant who hasn’t let the fact that he was born with Down syndrome stand in the way of his hyphenate life as actor, dancer, screenwriter and all-purpose ladies’ man. Set to open March 16 in Austria, pic feels more like tube fare than theatrical but could nab some fest gigs.

First seen hanging out at a pub, Christian spends time with friends and mother (co-scripter Christa Polster), rehearses and performs with “Bildwerfer” (literally, “picture projector”) theater group, and stars in a self-penned short action film. Mood is more mischievous than condescending, as List appears to be a full collaborator in Polster’s realization of his showbiz dreams (embodied by closing dance perf to tune “I Go My Way”). Tech credits are adequate to task at hand. Previous pics in series are “Mama Lustig…?” (1983) and 1992’s “Muss Denken” (aka “Gotta Think”). English title on print caught is a literal translation of the German — “My Boss Is Me.”

Me, My Own Boss

Austria

Production: A Cult Film production. (International sales: Cult Film, Vienna.) Produced, directed by Niki List. Screenplay, Christa Polster, List.

Crew: Camera (color), Peter Roehsler, Birgit Gudjonsdottir, Uwe Just, Andreas Kopf; editor, Sonja Lesowsky; music, Peter Janda; art directors, Jaqueline Ebner, Paul Horn; costumes, Martina List, Dagmar Maria Domanyi; sound (Dolby Digital), Mohsan Nasiri, Dietmar Zuson, Joe Knauer. Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival (Panorama), Feb. 13, 2001. Running time: 85 MIN.

With: With: Christian Polster, Christa Polster, Robert Polster, Daniel Aschwanden, Cornelia Scheuer, Elisabeth Loffler.

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