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Head-On (2004)
"Gegen die Wand" (original title)

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In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants... See full summary »

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Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
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Birsen Güner (Mutter)
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In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love. Written by Serena P.

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Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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The scene where Cahit is smashing glasses with his bare hands was done using chemicals: Birol Ünel's hands were covered in a substance that would turn red when reacting to the liquid in the (plastic) glasses. See more »

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The psychiatrist at the beginning of the film tells Cahit about a song by the band The The containing the line "If you can't change the world, change your world". The actual quote (from the song "Lonely Planet", included in the album "Dusk") is "If you can't change the world, change yourself". See more »

Quotes

Cahit: Punk is not dead!
Sibel: Punk is not dead!
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When it comes to Special Thanks, there's a name: Arsen Lüpen. Arsène Lupin is a fictional character, created by the French writer Maurice Leblanc. See more »

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Die Welt Steht Still
(K: Detlef von Boetticher, Marc Wilkes, Hartmut Karez, Oliver Kusterer, Alexander Busse; T: Jan Delay (as Jan Eissfeldt))
Performed by Sam Ragga feat. Jan Delay
With kind permission from Freibank Musikverlage, Futureworld Publishing, ED Turtle Bay Country Club/Hanseatic Musikverlag and
(P) 2002 Eimsbush Entertainment, WEA Records, Warner Music Group, Warner Strategic Marketing
a division of Warner Music Group Germany
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among the best movies I've ever seen
25 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I haven't watched such a great movie for a long time and it is really great to see that this is a Turkish movie. After Nuri Bilge Ceylan's success with Uzak in Cannes Film Festival, Fatih Akin made a very successful move in contributing to Turkish cinema.

First of all, the movie explains the life of the Turkish immigrants in Germany in a perfect way. We see how they cannot be neither German nor Turkish anymore. They are stuck in between and they act as punks. For instance, it is really true that most of the young Turkish people in Germany cannot speak Turkish, like Cahit. We also see the ridiculous pressure of Sibel's family: For instance, while her married brother threatens&beats her whenever she has a boyfriend, he and his friends can comfortably speak about how they sleep with prostitutes!

Also the cast is very good, especially Sibel Kekilli and Birol Unel. I loved the scene where we can see the smile in Sibel's eyes in the amusement park: she is so much in love...

In addition, there are so many things to say about the movie.. The story is a very striking one itself. The hopelessness of the characters in a world without love and moral values are explained so well-without making it dramatic. Also, Sibel's life in Istanbul, her cousin's life-like many of us: still single and waiting to be promoted!- are also judgements beside the main genre. The music is also very nice, with Depeche Mode and also traditional Turkish music.

Faith Akin has really made a good job.. The script is excellent and the scenes are all pieces of artwork. I wish the best for him and all the cast and I hope to see movies perfect like this in the future too...


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