[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
The Image of a Generation.
This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. 14 years old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a typical multi-storey apartment building in Berlin. She's fascinated by the 'Sound', a new disco with most modern equipment. Although she's legally too young, she asks a friend to take her. There she meets Detlef, who's in a clique where everybody's on drugs. Step by step she gets drawn deeper into the scene.
The absolute movie that made me realize how I never wanted to do hard drugs in my life. Especially because of the scene on the bed…you see what I'm talking about?
Thank you movies for making me a better person (y)!
When people hear Heroes from Bowie and think 'OMAGOD the tunnel song!' I'm like…hell no, not the image I have in my head.
In my time as a film fan, I've seen countless tales of drugs and poverty. Whether it may be the masterpiece that is Lukas Moodysson’s Lilja-4-ever from 2002 or Jerry Schatzberg’s powerhouse film The Panic in Needle Park, I've always found the sub-genre to be one of the most fascinating and powerful in all of cinema. They depict life in the most explosive ways, with graphic imagery and some truly relentless storytelling and tend to be films that are sure calls for a lump to be found in a throat before the credits appear.
Christiane F is a film like no other. Adapted from the non-fiction autobiographical novel from Christiane F herself, the novel details her struggle with drugs in…
An intensely realistic and brutally dark German film depicting Berlin's 1970's drug scene. Stylized in a way to personify the mindset of intoxication, the film is hauntingly hollow beyond its gritty exterior, providing little music once passed the 30 minute mark and very few character's to connect with throughout the feature. As the audience, we must watch in horror as an innocent young girl's curiosity quickly spirals her deep and downward into animalistic addiction to heroin, in which all of her humanity is replaced with what we can only describe as emotionless instinct. Helpless to this new world she has descended into, her only escape is that of her next fix, as we must painfully realize that she is completely…
A really feel good movie with a fantastic David Bowie soundtrack.
Grim and at times shocking account of the 1970's Berlin drug scene that looks at the horrors of taking heroin that no film before or since has managed to portray so convincingly.
Fantastic performances all round from the non actors, especially Natja Brunckhorst who plays 14 year old Christiane F.
Not an easy watch but then heroin isn't an easy subject.
Released in 1981 Christiane F. is the true story of 13 year old Christiane Felscherinow who lives with her mother and younger sister in a concert high rise apartment building in a dull and undesirable neighborhood on the outskirts of West Berlin during the late 1970s. She is an avid fan of David Bowie but is also board with nothing to do and is unsatisfied with her home life. She learns of a new disco night club called ‘Sound’ that is located in the city’s centre. Legally she is too young to go so she dresses herself up and goes with a girl in her class who is a couple of years older.
This is there where she meets a…
This reminds me of the darkest after-school special you'll ever see but is set in Berlin instead of California.
Watch as the main character slides into drug addiction, prostitution and crime to support her habit.
This film is certainly not one to show at your local church film society but the Berlin settings are absolutely beautiful and the direction is amazing- the film feels so gritty and grimy that I felt like I needed a bath after it.
Oh, and if you're a David Bowie fan you're in for a treat! He features in the film in many different ways!
Just say no!
Greatest uses of Bowie's music on film:
5. Always Crashing in the Same Car — Radio On
4. Modern Love — Mauvais Sang
3. Lady Grinning Soul — The Runaways
2. I'm Deranged — Lost Highway
1. "Heroes"/Helden in this. There will never be a better moment than kids tearing through a desolate Berlin mall to this track (and I can't think of another song in history that's been so badly misused everywhere else in pop culture.)
I don't know much about German cinema beyond Downfall and Run Lola Run but now I'm much more aware about 1980's Germany and the Berlin drug scene. First of all, the performances were all incredible, specially from the lead actress. She is insane when acting, so insane I really began to appreciate her performance once I finished watching it, I didn't even think of analysing anything while watching it. The story and screenplay is very well written and realistic as hell, one of the most raw and accurate portrayals of drug addiction, better than Requiem for a Dream.
Please watch it if you're able to withstand the disturbing side of it, because such side is insanely present.
A really feel good movie with a fantastic David Bowie soundtrack.
Good, but not even close to the book.
Christiane F. (or *We Children of Bahnhof Zoo*, a much superior title in my eyes), is a pretty crushing film. From beginning to seeming end, we follow the unflinching and true spiral of a 13 year old girl as her obsessions change from discos and David Bowie to heroin and needles after getting drawn into the whirlwind of the mid seventies heroin explosion in Europe.
I used the word 'unflinching' above as there really is very little of Christiane's story that the filmmakers omit in order to show you just how low Christiane sank into her addiction. There are too numerous an amount of scenes to list but some of the low-lights include her washing used needles with a toilet…
although this movie is a little bit dated it was nice to see it again anno 2014.
During the 80's when i was in school, we were pushed to see it and it was a good thing.
although the acting is dated a good movie with marvellous music from David Bowie
A just say no to drugs campaign. Why would anybody do drugs if they are as unrewarding as they are in this film? And yes, all youth is beautiful, but why are the two main addicts basically supermodels? Watching people shooting up is boring, but it's even more boring watching people suffer from withdrawal. One great concert scene with David Bowie, but this could have been directed by Nancy Reagan.
Mr. Mackey said it best: "...as for drugs, well, drugs are bad; you shouldn't do drugs."
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Tree of Life
- Andrei Rublev
- Come and See
Ordered (as best as I could).
PS: some films that I know deserve spots on this list are Schindler's List,…