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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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Barfrau in der Fabrik (as Zarah McKenzie)
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Yunus Güner (Vater)
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Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Aysel Iscan ...
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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Trivia

Director Fatih Akin auditioned over 350 actresses for the role of Sibel. 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 »

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Sibel: Cahit! I'm getting laid!
Cahit: [looking at Sibel and then the guy]
Sibel: Did you see the guy?
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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 »

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Featured in Fatih Akin - Tagebuch eines Filmreisenden (2007) See more »

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Iag bari
(K/T: Dan Armeanca)
Performed by Fanfare Ciocarlia (as Fanfare Ciocarla)
With kind permission from Piranha Musik and Fanfare Ciocarla
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A Human Story Crashing the Walls ; Truly Amazing ,
15 March 2004 | by (Ýstanbul , Turkey) – See all my reviews

Turkey premier of the movie has been held here just a few days ago but even before that all the attention was taken on the pornographic past of the lead actress neither on the golden bear nor on the success it has gained internationally (Which I hated the way media approached) ... I have seen it recently and should say its a must see movie. A classic story of the 3rd generation of Turks in Germany outlined very well around a love story. Lead actor Birol and Sibel Kekilli have done a good job . The basic story takes you in and makes you feel all the sadness, craziness, happiness, joy and deep depressions of the characters. The bitterness of the reality spread all over the movie and kind of depressing. The story is also politically and socially a very good point expressing maybe thousands of peoples true lives stucked between two cultures. I would love to watch it once again. This was Sibel's first movie and I believe she will be a very good actress and wishing her luck;

I admire her posture towards all the criticism so much .




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