Ostkreuz (1991)

Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Clarke Fountain

Social constraints on East Germans were so strong that, right up until the reunification, they tended to result in a certain naivete in those who grew accustomed to them. In this story, a fifteen-year-old former East German lass living in West Germany is trying to survive without much help. She falls in with a petty criminal named Darius, who comes from an Eastern European country. He is harsh with her and wants her help to pull off one of his illegal games. She puts up with him for a while and helps him with the one scheme, but eventually she wises up and has the police haul him off to jail. The film ends by showing Elfie taking another street-kid under her wing.