Listing for Thursday's Cine Salon:
(1982, Dir. Uli Edel)
Christiane F. - Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo portrays the drug scene in Berlin in the 1970s, following tape recordings of Christiane F. Fourteen-year-old Christiane lives with her mother and little sister in a small apartment in a typical multi-storey concrete apartment building 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. She hears of Sound, a new disco in the city center, called the most modern discotheque in Europe. Although she's legally too young to go to the disco, she dresses up in high heels and make-up and asks a friend from school to take her. At the disco she meets Detlef, who is a little older. He is in a clique where everybody is experimenting with various drugs. At first she does pills and trips, but gradually she gets drawn deeper into the drugs, eventually ending up as a heroin-addict and prostitute.
Amazon.co.uk customer review:
An excellent film about the descent into drug addiction of a 14 year old girl living on a Berlin housing estate - from a beautiful girl to a drug-crazed zombie lookalike.
It all rings horribly true and the characters are all extremely likeable, which makes the story all the more horrific. The acting, the photography, the scripting, and the direction are all first class. Definitely 5 stars.