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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.
  • Condemned to a life of self-pity and drug abuse, Cahit, a German-Turk in his forties who has given up from life, decides to put an end to his miserable existence, and in despair, he drives his car head-on into a wall. Instead, Cahit finds himself at a psychiatric clinic where he meets with Sibel, a suicidal young German of Turkish descent, who is also trapped in a meaningless life because of her conservative family of strict rules and laws. With the intention to finally break free and as a last resort, Sibel knowing that only a marriage could save her, she asks of Cahit to cohabit and set up a marriage of convenience, an absurd proposal which he reluctantly accepts. As Sibel enjoys her newly-acquired freedom in Hamburg's bustling nightlife, Cahit prefers to silently observe from afar indifferently, however, when the repressed mutual emotions finally erupt, what could possibly stand in the way of love?

    - Written by Nick Riganas
  • Cahit is a German Turk in his 40's. He has given up with his life after his beloved wife's death, and he's living a miserable life right in the core of cocaine and excessive drinking. One night, he semi-intentionally crashes into a wall. At the hospital he's taken to, he meets a girl, Sibel, another German Turk who's tried to commit suicide. She's sick and tired of her family's ultra-traditional issues, and asks Cahit to carry out a white marriage with her out of the blue, so that she can become a married woman and get rid of her family's revolting pressure. Cahit is turned off by the idea at first, but then he agrees to take part in this plan. As Sibel tells him straightaway that she's interested in absolute freedom involving other men and he agrees, they live as roommates with separate private lives for a while. Then things take a different turn, and they're no longer two indifferent roommates. But their love story won't be anywhere as simple as any other...

    - Written by Exiled Archangel®
  • In St. Pauli, Hamburg, the alcoholic, drugged and hopeless German with Turkish roots Cahit Tomruk lives like a pig in a small dirty apartment and survives collecting empty bottles in the night-club "Die Fabrik". One night, he gives up living, and hits his car against a wall. However, he survives the crash and is sent to a clinic, where he meets Sibel Güner, a younger German Turk, with suicidal tendencies. Sibel is the younger daughter of a conservative Turkish family, and proposes a fake marriage to Cahit, in order to permit her to leave her family; in return, she would share the rent of the flat, and she would cook and clean the place, and they could have independent lives. Cahit accepts, but while living with Sibel, he falls in love for her, until a tragedy happens.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 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.

    - Written by Nick Riganas


The movie starts off with a Turkish singing group at the edge of the water in what appears to be Istanbul...

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