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Head-On (2004)

Gegen die Wand (original title)
With the intention to break free from the strict familial restrictions, a suicidal young woman sets up a marriage of convenience with a forty-year-old addict, an act that will lead to an outburst of envious love.

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25 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Zarah Jane McKenzie ...
Barfrau in der Fabrik (as Zarah McKenzie)
Stefan Gebelhoff ...
Catrin Striebeck ...
Francesco Fiannaca ...
Mona Mur ...
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Patient 1 (Psychiatrie)
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Patient 2 (Psychiatrie)
Hermann Lause ...
Karin Niwiger ...
Demir Gökgöl ...
Yunus Güner (Vater)
Cem Akin ...
Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Aysel Iscan ...
Birsen Güner (Mutter)
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Storyline

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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Raw, Powerful, Extraordinary... A Love Story of Surprisingly Epic Proportions! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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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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11 March 2004 (Germany)  »

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Trivia

As the film started to pick up awards at international film festivals, leading actress Sibel Kekilli was "outed" by the German tabloid press for being a former porn star. Kekilli responded to this by reproaching the tabloids for "media rape" at the 2004 Bambi Awards, during her acceptance speech. See more »

Goofs

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: Are you strong enough to stay between me and her?
Selma: Are you strong enough to destroy her life?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

References Agir Roman (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Firtinalar
(K: Feyyaz Kurus;, T: Ahmet Askin Tuna)
Performed by Orientation
With kind permission from Taksim Edisyon, RH Pozitif Publishing and Andreas Advocado Spieß,
Turgay Ayaydinli
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This is the best foreign movie I've seen
9 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some people think this movie is about a culture immigrants (German, Turkish) But that is not the emphasis, the emphasis is about how low one can go, where does one hit the bottom, and a love intertwined in such a spiral. A magnificent tragedy, but it doesn't make you feel depressed, it makes you take a big deep breath in and damn and appreciate life at the same time. The actor and actress are magnificent so was the supporting actors. The director doesn't treat the audience as dumb nor as people who have to really think hard to get it. The sequence of events, the transition from scenes are magnificent.

The movie swept every possible film award in Europe and is sweeping rewards in North America and rest of the world. This this is the best foreign movie I've seen. PERIOD (.)


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