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).
I wanted to like this so much, but the over-stylization (not to mention overdose of David Bowie (and I love David Bowie)) kept me at arms length from the get-go. Actually, the pop-syndrome aesthetic (I made that up) was so repulsive, it totally diffused the revolting narrative at hand. I felt nothing, not even the needle in the neck nor the projectile wine vomit.
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.