'Kern' (Austria)

**1/2 (out of four)<br>
"What are you doing, why, and what's the point?," asks Austrian actor/director Peter Kern of the filmmakers making a documentary about him. Later, he claims the film will contain no truth about him. Indeed, at times it seems Kern's playing a part (he tells a story about Leonard Bernstein French-kissing him), or even directing "Kern" himself from in front of the camera. He reveals that he never came out to his late mother and later plays along in a scene in which he comes out to a woman playing his mother. Of course, directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala don't do much to establish Kern's life or work outside the present, so besides for a few clips of his films he¿s really just a salty, dangerously overweight character who both delights in causing problems for fans and, despite his objections to the documentary, not only agrees to participate but sings a song while sitting naked in a chair. Performance or not, that image is as honest as it gets.<br>
See it: 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 3:45 p.m. Oct. 21 ($11-$14)

( October 4, 2012 )

**1/2 (out of four)
"What are you doing, why, and what's the point?," asks Austrian actor/director Peter Kern of the filmmakers making a documentary about him. Later, he claims the film will contain no truth about him. Indeed, at times it seems Kern's playing a part (he tells a story about Leonard Bernstein French-kissing him), or even directing "Kern" himself from in front of the camera. He reveals that he never came out to his late mother and later plays along in a scene in which he comes out to a woman playing his mother. Of course, directors Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala don't do much to establish Kern's life or work outside the present, so besides for a few clips of his films he¿s really just a salty, dangerously overweight character who both delights in causing problems for fans and, despite his objections to the documentary, not only agrees to participate but sings a song while sitting naked in a chair. Performance or not, that image is as honest as it gets.
See it: 6 p.m. Oct. 12, 3:45 p.m. Oct. 21 ($11-$14)

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