Picks and Pans Review: Christiane F.

updated 05/03/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/03/1982 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Based on a true story, this film about youth and drugs has become West Germany's highest-grossing movie in history. Its star, Natja Brunkhorst, now 15, has become such a sensation she reportedly fled the country so she can go to school in peace. Brunkhorst plays a bored teenage girl who lives with her divorced mother in a dreary Berlin high-rise. She drifts into the rock club scene where, to be accepted by the other kids, she experiments with drugs and sex. (She also listens to David Bowie, who performs in the film.) By her 14th birthday, she is a stone junkie, and she takes to prostitution to support her habit. This is an all-out antidrug propaganda film, with the message belabored over more than two hours. Scenes of people shooting up—in the arm, the neck, the tongue, the leg—are not for the squeamish. (Dubbed in English) (R)

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