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Head-On-Movie Review 07/04/2010

Posted by Films to consider in Drama, Emotional Drama, German language film, Movies, Turkish language film.

Head-On (German/Turkish) 2004
(Gegen die Wand/Duvara Karşı)

Among other awards and honors:
Winner, Best Film; Audience Award, European Film Awards
Winner, The Golden Bear for Best Film, Berlin International Film Festival

Directed by Fatih Akin
Starring Birol Ünel and Sibel Kekilli

A contemporary love story – but certainly not a simple one. Cahit and Sibel, two suicide survivors, meet in a German psychiatric hospital where they are recovering from their attempts. Both live in Germany and are of Turkish ethnicity. They agree to enter into a marriage of convenience. There are some humorous scenes as the two adjust to their situation as a “married couple” but much of the film is a sobering commentary on the difficulties faced by the Turkish community there.

At times I found myself rooting for Cahit and Sibel, at other times rooting against them. One thing for sure – this movie isn’t boring for one second.

Graphic bloody violence and sexual content, none of which I found gratuitous because it seemed to match the couple’s personalities and lifestyles so well. Ünel and Kekilli give outstanding performances, as do several of the supporting cast members.

121 min. Rated R. Adult themes, sexual content, and violence.


1. MaryAnne Lyons - 07/11/2010

Another very good film by the same director is “The Edge of Heaven.”

filmstoconsider - 07/11/2010

Thanks, MaryAnne. It’s on my list!

2. MaryAnne Lyons - 07/11/2010

Oh yes, and i’m glad to hear that you liked “Head-On”–it’s definitely one of my favorites!

3. The Edge of Heaven-DVD Review *** « Films to consider - 09/11/2011

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