Fourteen-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a small apartment in a dull neighbourhood in the outskirts of West Berlin. She’s bored and lacks things to do and is sick and tired of living there.
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Terrific kids-on-heroin film! Great withdrawal scene with projectile vomiting and scratching the wallpaper off the wall. Soundtrack/special appearance by David Bowie! First theatrical feature by Uli Edel (Last Exit to Brooklyn).
Unflinching anti-drug film about a pretty 14 year old girl's descent into self-destruction that is never for a moment preachy or moralizing, very raw and harrowing especially the painful "cold turkey" scene. It is also beautifully filmed - a kind of dreamy artful teen angst later popularized by directors such as Lukas Moodysson and Sofia Coppola.
Weird... in my opinion heroin is a 2.5-star drug at best. I'm therefore unable to fathom just how bored and empty-headed you have to be in order to find yourself THIS addicted to it. With that aside, the movie is predictably trashy and of German quality - for that reason I went into it with no expectations, only to return just as unconcerned.
Dentro de la sordidez y esa agonía que emanan esos bajos fondos de la Alemania Occidental, existe una especie de fascinación. Son David Bowie, las discotecas, funciones de cine de medianoche. A eso se le suma al filme esa mirada NO dramática. Esta no es la clásica fórmula ochentera de protagonistas sufriendo por redimirse, finales trágicos, amores de toda la vida. Esto es real. Incluso el mismo happy ending es fugaz.