Teenager Simone appears to be like any other young pop fan. But soon her fixation on her favorite band's lead singer takes over her life.
Simone walks out of school, breaks off with her friends and parents and somehow finds herself waiting for her idol as he appears on a TV show. When she sees him in the flesh she is speechless, unable even to ask for his autograph. He reaches out to touch her. Overcome with emotion, Simone faints; with that first touch, R's fate is sealed.
A treasured bit of German underground cinema from 1982, Der Fan is a slow burner that builds to a shocking climax.