Bitching Brew

Friday, June 02, 2006

Late night horror.

I stayed up quite late last evening, and found myself sprawled on the sofa flicking through the dregs of the movie channels. Eventually, at 2am, I settled on a German film called Christiane F. It had a fairly low-budget feel, was shot like a documentary, and boasted the worst dubbing I've ever come across. It was set to a David Bowie soundtrack, which was very appropriate and the only enjoyable aspect of the movie.

It was the most horrifying film I've ever seen. So much so that, in my tired state, I couldn't watch until the end. If ever you needed to be scared away from hard drugs and heroin in particular, this film will do the job for you. It's based on the true story of a young teenage girl in West Berlin in the late 1970s. The movie was as raw as they come, and the scenes rarely felt staged - nor even acted. Some were revolting.

The city itself was the Platonic Form of grim, decaying splendour. Perhaps it couldn't have been shot anywhere else, but the theme is fairly universal. Girl gets in with bad crowd, descends into a bleakly decadent subculture, progresses rapidly through the narcotics chain, and ends up selling her body to grubby middle-aged men in the subterranean tendrils of Zoo Station.

It's worth watching if you have a strong stomach. They should show this in schools, assuming they can re-dub or subtitle the thing. Again, it's a true story.

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