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
Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content
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Did You Know?
In Istanbul, Cahit is staying at "Grand Hotel de Londres", which is also featured in Akin's movie The Edge of Heaven
(2007). See more
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
Cahit! I'm getting laid!
[looking at Sibel and then the guy
Did you see the guy?
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
References Cholera Street
Life's What You Make It
( K/T: Mark Hollis
(as Mark David Hollis), Tim Friese-Greene
Performed by Zinoba
With kind permission from (C) Hollis Songs Ltd., Zoma Music Publishers Ltd. and Universal Music Publishing Germany,
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