Christiane F details
|Starring:||Jens Kuphal, Natja Brunckhorst, Thomas Haustein|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Studio:||SECOND SIGHT FILMS LTD.|
|Run time:||2 hours|
|Rental release:||28 Aug 2000|
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Christiane FBy thatgicamoment from London , 21 Oct 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]One of the better 'Growing up, life is grim...and then you get into drugs...' films. Based on an autobiographical account of life in Berlin in the seventies and using an entirely amateur cast, which somehow gives an almost documentary feel to some of the scenes and seems to give an added poignancy to the story (compare it to the utterly unconvincing "Basketball Diaries", also based on a similarly sad true story but featuring the likes of Leo Di Caprio and Patricia Arquette). No-one is particularly likeable but their plight is generally believable and touching.
Part of the power undoubtedly comes from the juxtaposition of the music and the images - if you aren't a Bowie fan much of that impact may be lost on you.
There are some slight irritations for the pedantic, for instance a story which was largely set in 1976 features a 1978 Bowie concert and our 'heroine' puts on a Bowie record and her stereo plays a song not on the album.
This was the first film which was censored more when it was released in the UK on video than the theatrical release was. The additional deletion was of the scene where lemon juice is used as part of the process of preparing heroin for injection - apparently this was too realistic (you don't see anything like it in "Trainspotting") for the video renting public. Curiously this scene is on the DVD.
Overall hardly uplifting but somehow still life affirming in some strange way.
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Really goodBy veganjodie (18 reviews) from Coventry , 20 Oct 2013I enjoyed this so much I went out and bought it after watching. It is interesting and upsetting, fascinating social commentary about a difficult period in German history. And music by David Bowie too!
A slice of recent history that is still with us to this dayBy a customer , 01 Mar 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI haven't bothered to write a review for a bit, but this film deserves watching. Christiane is still around, the book tells a more complete story (though I'm having difficulty finding a copy in English). If you are interested in 'modern life' issues, drugs, children or recent social history, watch it -
Tale of a generationBy s0rsha (1 review) , 27 Feb 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHideI read this book when I was 13 and it has a profound effect upon me. This is the first time I have seen the film nearly 30 years later and I still found it moving. This is the story of a young girl growing up in a major city. Like all teens she is subject to peer pressure. All the steps taken are small and logical. These steps take her from 13 year old school girl to heroin addict supporting her habit by prostitution. Thankfully Christiane survived her attempted suicide when she lost one friend too many and her mother managed to take her away from the environment and peers who supported this way of life. I have teens if my own now and the thought of them going down this path is truly terrifying. David Bowie features in this film as he was a major influence upon a generation of teens and his music is a thread connecting the scenes in this film. I would recommend this film. German subtitles and disturbing contents.
Amazing FilmBy a customer , 03 Dec 2012This is a truly amazing film. No surprise - he made Last Exit to Brooklyn. But the lead actress in this film is worthy of several Academy Awards. One of the best female performances I have ever seen - up there with Jennifer Jason-Leigh in LETB.
Gritty and realisticBy LucieDee (2 reviews) , 24 May 2012I really loved this film. It was just so tragic and really made you think about the reality of drugs. It didnt glamourise (if thats a word!) the world of drugs. It showed it for what it really is: Something that can tear lives appart.
The Bowie soundtrack was also amazing. It really uplifted the film in some scenes and showed what its like to be young. The film was also very 80's, again making it realistic.