Christiane F (1981) - Rotten Tomatoes

Christiane F (1981)




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This film is based on a true story and focuses on the children from the Bahnhof Zoo train station in West Berlin who are drug addicts, drug dealers, and prostitutes. The film focuses on Christine F., who tries some drugs and gets hooked into a downward spiral that she cannot control.


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Critic Reviews for Christiane F

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

[An] unflinching portrait of a teenage addict and sex worker...

January 7, 2022 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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This is one of the most horrifying movies I have ever seen. That it is based on actual events makes it more heartbreaking.

November 13, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

while it occasionally smacks... of didactic hysteria, it's a hard hitting look at a problem more widespread than most of us dare or care to think.

May 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Brunkhorst is quite believable in the leading role, but in helping the film achieve a high level of veracity, it also gains a degree of sensationalism that doesn't sit well.

November 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Christiane F is a fierce testimony whose authenticity cannot be denied. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 22, 2019 | Full Review…

A great anti-heroin movie with an exceptional soundtrack.

October 1, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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Despite having a dry structure and performances that can be a bit stiff sometimes, the film evokes an intense feeling of hopelessness (especially when we see the city of Berlin bathed in blue) and can be horrific in its graphic depiction of drug abuse by lost teenagers.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
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
Nicki Marie

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