This movie portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 70s, following tape recordings of Christiane F….
Release Year: 1981
Rating: 7.6/10 (6,933 voted)
Stars: Natja Brunckhorst, Thomas Haustein, Jens Kuphal
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.
Writers: Uli Edel, Kai Hermann
(as Rainer Wölk)
Jan Georg Effler
The Image of a Generation.
Release Date: 2 April 1981
Filming Locations: Bahnhof Zoologischer Garten, Berlin, Germany
Box Office Details
Budget: DEM 4,000,000
Did You Know?
Natja Brunckhorst was just 14 years old when the movie was filmed.
After Christiane meets two friends inside of the Zoo station building, all three leave through a door looking for Detlef (Christiane's boyfriend) where the male prostitutes stand in line. One of her friends (Axel) wears flares-type light blue jeans inside the station, but outside he suddenly wears slim-fit dark blue jeans.
The Image of Generation
I've seen many films portraying drug addiction but none with such terrifying
authenitcity as this film. It's funny. I haven't really thought about this
film in years and what made me suddenly think of it now was I was thinking
about movies on my DVD wish list. CHRISTIANE F was on that list. So for
s***s and giggles I ran a routine search in the Internet Movie Database
(this site is GOD!!!) and low and behold, it was out!!! Naturally, I placed
my order for it. As much as I wished it was the subtitled version (which is
only available in PAL), I have the German version as well as the dubbed so
that's not that bad. To those who have seen REQUIEM FOR A DREAM and thought
that it was the most disturbing film they've seen about drug addiction, I
have news for ya: you haven't seen anything yet! CHRISTIANE F., makes
REQUIEM look like a Disney film in comparison. Although the English dubbing
is really cheesy and bad, still it doesn't detract from Ulrich Edel's images
of the dark, seedy, and depressing world of heroin addicts.
Subtitled, "Image of a Generation", CHRISTIANE F is the true story of a
lonely, bored teenager in the '70's who gets into the drug scene at 12,
hooked on heroin at 13 and becomes a prostitute at 14 to support her habit.
There are a couple of things about this that struck me. First, was that Edel
used all unknowns for the main parts, especially the kids. They acted so
naturally, that even Edel makes the comment that "it's a wonder they haven't
been actors or junkies their whole lives." Also the kids who played the main
characters, were as close to the age as the real people they were
portraying. Nadja Brunckhorst, who plays Christiane, was fourteen at the
time and does a remarkable job. In fact, this movie pretty much made her a
star in Germany and to this day has had a prolific acting career, mainly on
German TV as well as some film work. The second was the use of David Bowie's
music in the soundtrack. Now, I'm biased. I'm a huge fan of Bowie but even
if I wasn't, his music was used to staggering effect. Truly memorable was
the scene toward the end of the film as Bowie's song 'Sense of Doubt' is
played in the background as Edel's camera pans across the sad, ghostly faces
of people at the subway platform. The music captures the despair of the
scene very well, almost too well for comfort. The music serves, as any great
film music should, as another character in the film, helping to portray the
despair, loneliness, bravado, confusion of adolescence.
I feel I can identify with Christiane and her life when I was her age. I was
lonely, alienated, and sad. Where as she escaped her pain with drugs, I
escaped mine through my writing. I can sympathize completely. You want to
fit in with a group so badly that you'll do things that you know you
shouldn't just to "be cool". Well, I really wish more teenagers would be
shown this film. Would it change a life? Maybe. I do know one thing for me:
after reading her book, from which this film is based, I've found a kindred
soul. From what I know, she is clean and has been since the film's original
release. I hope she continues to have the strength to remain so. Because
once a junkie, always a junkie.
"We can be heroes, just for one day."-David Bowie, 'Heroes' This song
becomes a very understated theme for this film, a song about hope in a film
where there's very little hope to be found.