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Dealer (1999)

Despite many attempts, Can is unable to devote himself to anything other than a career in crime, as a small-time dealer and errand-boy for drug boss Hakan. Hakan keeps his customers ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tamer Yigit Tamer Yigit ... Can
Idil Üner Idil Üner ... Jale
Birol Ünel ... Erdal
Baki Davrak ... Zeki
Hussi Kutlucan Hussi Kutlucan ... Hakan
Lea Stefanel Lea Stefanel ... Meral
Bilge Bingul Bilge Bingul ... Yellow (as Bilge Bingül)
Ramazan Coskum Ramazan Coskum ... Murat (as Ramazan Çoscun)
Fernando Canqui Fernando Canqui ... Buddha
Erhan Emre Erhan Emre ... Metin
Halit Bademsoy Halit Bademsoy ... Vater
Angela Schanelec ... Eva
Marquard Bohm ... Barbesitzer
Tim Wilde ... Kollege Erdal
Sultan Meral Sevim Sultan Meral Sevim ... Frau mit Kind
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Despite many attempts, Can is unable to devote himself to anything other than a career in crime, as a small-time dealer and errand-boy for drug boss Hakan. Hakan keeps his customers supplied within his narrowly staked out territory. Can's lover Jale who works in the warehouse of a department store, has been pressing Can to give up his activity. Can, also fed up with his situation, sees a bright new beginning for himself and his family when Hakan offers him the prospective chance to run a bar on his own. But Can has little control over the pressure that gradually begin to build up around him and soon finds himself floundering in quicksand... Written by L.H. Wong <lhw@sfs.org.sg>

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German | Turkish

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18 March 1999 (Germany) See more »

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Young turk deals drugs in Germany..
6 May 2010 | by KnatLouieSee all my reviews

The story is about Can, a young man with Turkish ancestry, who sells drugs on the streets of Berlin, and the troubles he gets with his occupation. His friends are all from the same drug-dealing environment, and the police are after him, and his drug-provider is a manipulative man, who has his own problems with the "bigger fish" that are above him, which also effects the life of Can.

The film didn't really interest me very much, as it didn't dig deeper into the mindset and everyday lives of the dealers, and only briefly showed some depth to the characters involved. After seeing the Danish Nicolas Winding Refn's hardcore "Pusher"-trilogy, this German effort seems almost like an ambitious school-project, that just lacked the budget and/or passion to make it better. It's a shame, because it seems like the makers really had an important message they wanted to convey, but in the end, it didn't really come through as strong as they probably would have wanted.

Overall, a decent story for a short feature, but stretched into full feature-film length, it just seems prolonged and gets a bit boring after a while. But still worth a watch if you like social-commentary, and some insight into the lives of young drug-dealers.


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