[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…
A really feel good movie with a fantastic David Bowie soundtrack.
The image of horror lays beneath the beautiful face of curiosity. It's not a film, it's an ugly, but yet a true portrait of a whole generation. What a shocking film.
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…
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.
Gorgeous and grisly, one of those films that really hits you at your core.
The truth behind drugs, death, prostitution and depression. The real and sad face of youth culture and teenage angst portrayed perfectly in one movie. Really personal plot that just touches you deeply into the heart and you just can't avoid but feel something about this destructive reality associated with hard drugs. Total respect and appreciation for this movie.
Before the Berlin Wall came down in 1988(making Germany a whole country again[after the end of World War 2]),many German films were making the rounds,including (the much better known) DAS BOOT(THE BOAT) and this tragic yarn(from director Uli Edel[LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN,BODY OF EVIDENCE]) about a late 70s German teen gal(Natja Brunckhorst[QUERELLE,THE PRINCESS AND THE WARRIOR]) who attends a local disco with her friend and meets up with the wrong crowd of people that get her addicted to drugs(in the form of heroin and smack),which really take their toll on Christiane and forcing her to the point of selling stuff and hustling[via handjobs and a little dominatrix work] for money,as well as suffering a few massive withdrawl episodes(including one which…
So... Heaven Knows What is just the 2015, NYC version of this?
Like Requiem for a Dream this is a harrowing descent into addiction and its harsh consequences, except on repeat, with kids barely into their adolescence inhabiting the grimy confines of Berlin area drug haunts. It's about as realistic as this kind of film gets, making no attempt to glamorize heroin use, excelling in both the way the title character gets sucked into the drug culture while looking for an escape from her dysfunctional home life, and the depiction of how the addict's mind works. As should be expected this isn't for the faint of heart and plays, as does Requiem, like an intense, better made ABC Afterschool Special that is intent in delivering its message. This isn't to say it…
don't do drugs
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
No sé si era necesario alargar tanto la agonía, al igual que no sé si lo era mostrar una canción entera en el concierto de David Bowie. Igual ahí está su encanto.
WOW... just wow.
My mother always told me to watch this movie. It was a movie she watched when she was around my age and she loves this movie. Today I decided to watch it.
It's about Christiane, a 13 year old girl in the 70s that started doing drugs because of a boy and ends up getting addicted to heroin. She ends up giving handjobs and blowjobs to ensure she and her boyfriend Detlev can get the H.
It's all about doing drugs and how bad it is and this movie succeeded better than anything I've ever seen before. It made me feel sick, but that was of course the plan.
I never did drugs and I think it's…
Dayum. Though this German film is not a documentary it is a narrative re-telling of 14 year old Christianne F who lived in Berlin in the late 1970s and becomes addicted to drugs on the part scene with her friends.
David Bowie is a central theme in the movie so if you like his music you will be pleased. The song "Heroes" is prominently featured which makes sense as the song was recorded in Berlin just yards from the Berlin Wall. The film gets dark towards the end and Bowie's music is less heard. I'm curious to read her memoir now.
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…