Be My Star (Mein Stern)

In this coming-of-age drama from Germany, Nicole (Nicole Glaeser) is a 14-year-old girl who feels stuck in the awkward middle ground between childhood and adulthood; while she's still learning the complicated emotional terrain of mature relationships, her instincts tell her she's ready for a boyfriend and all that that entails.

Nicole has her eye on one of her schoolmates, Schoeppi (Christopher Schoeps), and begins pursuing him with no small degree of enthusiasm. Nicole decides to move things to the next level when she invites Schoeppi over to her house on an evening when her mother isn't home, determined to show him just how strong her feelings for him run.

Mein Stern was the first dramatic feature from documentary filmmaker Valeska Grisebach and drew an enthusiastic response after screenings at the 2001 Locarno Film Festival.

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