Review in Brief: The Most Beautiful Boy in the World (2021)

In 1971, child actor Björn Andrésen starred in Luchino Visconti’s DEATH IN VENICE and was proclaimed by the director as “The most beautiful boy in the world”. Andrésen’s experiences making that film and his subsequent catapulting to worldwide fame changed his life, but not for the better. Now in his sixties, Andréson looks back on this formative and traumatic period of his life, what lead to it and what has happened to him since because of it. As you might expect, TMBBITW often isn’t an easy watch as Adrésen recounts how he was manipulated and taken advantage of at such a young age, and seeing how unhappy and troubled a man he has grown into now breaks your heart. We see him revisit Tokyo where he had a second career as a singer, he investigates his unknown father and his long-missing mother and he films a small but key role for MIDSOMMAR. It’s an affecting documentary that makes you think twice about the draw of stardom. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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