Movie Review: Christiane F. – Ulrich Edel’s Wir Kinder Vom Bahnhof
Are you tired of the cold, wet weather? Can’t stand the bleakness of a winter landscape desiccated by the bitter air? Feel ensconced in a hibernation of mind and spirit because of the landscape you inhabit? Well you’ve got competition…German competition, that is.
Christiane F. is about a film about a real German person—an underage prostitute addicted to heroin in West Berlin during the 1970s. David Bowie is also in the movie. He’s really cool, even though he was in his “Thin Duke” phase, which was awful, and probably pushed Christiane to start mainlining smack in the first place.
Anyway, the film (released in 1981, mind you) starts off with Christiane, who lives in a block apartment building with her mom, sister and cat. Understandably she hates this, and like any coming of age plotline she starts escaping into a parallel life, except her escape is into nightclubs and squatters’ apartments. There she meets the slightly older Detlef, who, unlike typical high school students is *really* into heroin. Trying to impress Detlef she starts using heroin more and more (show your man you care!). Because they love each other so much, they start working together, which in this circumstance means working the streets. Detlef goes gay for pay, and Christiane starts “working hard for her money so you better treat her right (that’s a Diana Ross quote).”
Watch this movie, it’s got everything – young love, prostitution, gay for pay, heroin, Germans, David Bowie, Berlin and harsh lighting. Dan sind wir helden!