Flashback: Christiane F. – Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo

«This is one of the most horrifying movies I have ever seen. The fact that it’s based on actual events makes it heartbreaking. CHRISTIANE F. is the portrait of a young girl who between her thirteenth and fifteenth years went from a fairly average childhood into the horrors of drug addiction, prostitution, and life on the brink of death. (…) The movie is relentless in depicting the drug culture of West Berlin. We see unspeakable sights: a junkie leaping over a toilet stall to yank the needle from Christiane’s arm and plunge it into his own, stealing her fix; Christiane and her boyfriend trying to withdraw cold turkey and vomiting all over one another; the discovery of dead overdose victims, and, unforgettably, the pale, sad faces of the junkies lined up in a subway station, all hope gone from their once-young eyes.»

-- Roger Ebert