|Be My Star|
And how they deal with it is insightful and very clever. Writer-director Grisebach nails romantic angst dead on, with both an accurate portrayal of adolescent relationships and a more universal examination of human behaviour. This is a full-bodied romance, which works on more than one level. These are teens just being teens, and while the style looks like improv, there's serious skill at work as well. As a result, the emotions come through bracingly--awkwardness, humour, relief, tension, pain and most of all loneliness. Grisebach and her gifted cast get well beneath the teen bravado to expose the frailty, solitude and resilience. And from the silly chatter to the heavy confrontations, this small film finds the heart of some big issues.
dir-scr Valeska Grisebach|
with Nicole Glaser, Christopher Schlops, Monique Glaser, Jeanine Glaser, Marcel Eichelberger, Anika Jahn, Nicole Lehmann, Sebastian Rinka, Christina Sandke, Paul Skibbe, Tom Wolf, Daniel Zuhlke
release UK 23.Aug.02
Bravado. Christopher and Nicole try to be cool even though their romantic woes are eating them up inside...
Showing with the short:
This fully formed little film uses stylized imagery, wicked humour and surprisingly well-crafted characters to tell a moving, involving story about a teen girl in Vienna (Penitz) trying to find love in the big bad world. She's in love with the macho man at her dance class, but ends up with the nerdy nice guy instead. And when her parents throw her out of the house things get even more complicated. There's a goofy sense of humour, cleverly capturing the emotional resonance with simple performances and quirky design elements. And underneath, it's surprisingly thoughtful and sad.
[adult themes and situations] 20.Aug.02
|dir-scr Jessica Hausner|
with Claudia Penitz, Alfred Farkas, Andreas Gotz, Hartha Hans, John F Kutil
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