Christiane F (1981)

Christiane F


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Helmed by director Uli Edel, this West German coming-of-age drama is the tale of an aimless teen-aged girl, played by Natja Brunkhorst. In search of kicks, Brunkhorst falls in with junkie/pusher Thomas Haustein. Christiane F boasts a generous chunk of concert footage featuring David Bowie.

Rating: R
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Uli Edel, Kai Hermann, Herman Weigel
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 2, 2005



as Christiane

as David Bowie
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Critic Reviews for Christiane F

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | November 13, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | November 13, 2004
New York Times
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A great anti-heroin movie with an exceptional soundtrack.

October 1, 2005

Christiane F. is an unrelentlingly grim German film that vividly conveys the physical and mental debilitation of drug addiction.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

August 8, 2005

Audience Reviews for Christiane F


a grim and realistic film about a 14 yr old girl's descent into the underworld of drugs and prostitution in 70's berlin. based on a true story. i might rate this higher if not for the bad dubbing which made it very hard to judge the acting. soundtrack and concert cameo by david bowie, whose name the voice actors couldn't even pronounce correctly. damn netflix

Stella Dallas

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All time favourite movie of mine. I first saw this back in the 90's on an almost knackered VHS with a bad overdub. Have since purchased the DVD with subtitles and in proper German language.
I am not sure why I love this movie so much, it's hardly a cheerful story about a young teenage girl who slowly becomes hooked on heroin and then becomes a prostitute to support her habit. Maybe it's the 70's setting, the soundtrack including David Bowie and the excellent performances by the young cast.
I recently got hold of the original novel this is based on, which I have been trying to find in English virtually since i first saw this movie. (Not easy to find at all as it is long out of print and only available in other languages). It astounds me that the vastly inferior "Go ask Alice" is still in print. This book seriously should be given to kids to read in school - it would scare the crap out of them and put them off for life. The movie I guess is a little more glamourous as the actress who plays Christiane is a pretty girl and, though it is still pretty gross, particularly by the end, I can understand how there were certain young girls who would try and copy her. (I read a little online about it and apparently this was the case).
The book is definitely better than the movie (Can't believe i am saying that!), but they are both pretty damn good.
This is the best movie about drug addiction I have ever seen.

Nicki Marie

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