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Gegen die Wand (original title)
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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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Cahit
Güven Kiraç ...
Seref
Zarah Jane McKenzie ...
Barfrau in der Fabrik (as Zarah McKenzie)
Stefan Gebelhoff ...
Nico
Catrin Striebeck ...
Maren
Francesco Fiannaca ...
Mann am Tresen
Mona Mur ...
Stammkundin Zoe Bar
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Sibel
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Patient 1 (Psychiatrie)
Philipp Baltus ...
Patient 2 (Psychiatrie)
Hermann Lause ...
Dr. Schiller
Karin Niwiger ...
Kassiererin (Psychiatrie)
Demir Gökgöl ...
Yunus Güner (Vater)
Cem Akin ...
Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Aysel Iscan ...
Birsen Güner (Mutter)
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Busfahrer
Herr Tekin ...
Barbier
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Selma (Cousine)
Andreas Thiel ...
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Barmann (Hochzeitsnacht)
Monique Akin ...
Kundin im Friseurladen
Marco Greiser ...
Abschlepper Disco
Senol Ugurlu ...
Shane
Sileyman Kaplan ...
Sly
Hatun Kazci ...
Hatice
Canan Ata ...
Canan
Nurcan Esmertürk ...
Nurcan
Yilmaz Canan ...
Türsteher 1
Alma Ouglu Sahin ...
Türsteher 2
Cahit Aygüler ...
Schläger
Reinhold Schulz ...
Haftanstaltswärter
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Barmann Istanbul
Feridun Koç ...
Osman 1 (as Feridun Koc)
Tulga Serim ...
Osman 2
Tugay Erverdi ...
Osman 3
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Taxifahrer
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Bayerischer Taxifahrer
Misra Tomruk ...
Pamuk (Tochter)
Selim Sesler ...
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Idil Üner ...
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Aytun Ede ...
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Fanfare Ciocarlia ...
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Directed by

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Fatih Akin

Written by

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Fatih Akin ... (book)

Produced by

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Ali Akdeniz ... line producer: Turkey
Fatih Akin ... co-producer
Mehmet Kurtulus ... co-producer
Andreas Schreitmüller ... producer: arte
Stefan Schubert ... producer
Ralph Schwingel ... producer
Andreas Thiel ... co-producer
Jeanette Würl ... producer: NDR

Music by

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Alexander Hacke
Maceo Parker

Cinematography by

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Rainer Klausmann

Film Editing by

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Andrew Bird

Editorial Department

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Stefanie Delfs ... negative cutter
Ilona Gehr ... negative cutter
Nikolai Hartmann ... assistant editor
Petra Schütt ... color grader

Casting By

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Mai Seck
Mia Seck
Harika Uygur

Production Design by

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Tamo Kunz

Art Direction by

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Sirma Bradley
Nergis Çaliskan

Costume Design by

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Katrin Aschendorf

Makeup Department

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Nursen Balci ... makeup supervisor
Daniel Schröder ... makeup supervisor

Production Management

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Menderes Demir ... production manager
Muharrem Gulmez ... production manager: Turkey
Ingrid Holzapfel ... production manager
Levent Oztekin ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Andreas Thiel ... first assistant director
Nergis Usta ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Christoph Birth ... props
Beate ter Schüren ... property master

Sound Department

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Richard Borowski ... sound mixer
Kai Greve ... trouble shooter
Hubert Henle ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Thomas Knop ... foley recordist
Jörg Krieger ... sound designer
Martin Langenbach ... foley artist
Kai Lüde ... sound
Matthias Münster ... adr recordist
Nani Schumann ... sound designer
Herbert Wüst ... boom operator

Special Effects by

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Peter Wiemker ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Oliver Lammert ... title design

Stunts

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Emanuel Bettencourt ... fights choreographer
Josh Haggerty ... stunts
Sönke Korries ... stunts
Jochen Lange ... stunts
Uwe Mansshardt ... stunts
Ronnie Paul ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ümit Barlas ... lighting technician: Turkey
Clemens Bley ... assistant camera: second unit
Stefan Bräsen ... electrician
Carol Burandt von Kameke ... assistant camera
Hervé Dieu ... assistant camera
Annika Eysel ... assistant camera: second unit
Christian Klopp ... camera operator: second unit
Torsten Lemke ... gaffer
Maike Maier ... grip
Carsten Scharrmann ... grip
Kerstin Stelter ... still photographer

Casting Department

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Dinah Schramm ... casting assistant
Tuba Sökmen ... street casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Almut Stier ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Roman Brandt ... location manager
Jan Weber ... location manager

Music Department

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Klaus Maeck ... music consultant
Alex Menck ... composer: additional music
Daniel Puente Encina ... composer: additional music

Script and Continuity Department

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Nergis Usta ... continuity

Other crew

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Mira Amari ... coach: actors
Georgios Arvanitis ... set intern
Dewi Grobecker ... payroll
Uwe Grobecker ... production accountant
Mira Husseini ... film publicist
Aksel Kamber ... production assistant
Uwe Kolbe ... legal & business affairs
Oliver Lammert ... title designer
Birgit Nentwig ... production assistant
Erhan Ozogul ... production accountant: Turkey
Andreas Schreitmüller ... misc crew
Till Vorwerk ... caterer
Jeanette Würl ... misc crew

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Raw, Powerful, Extraordinary... A Love Story of Surprisingly Epic Proportions! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Duvara karşı (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • Gegen Die Wand (India, English title)
  • Against the Wall (World-wide, English title)
  • Head-On (Canada, English title)
  • Head-On (United States)
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Runtime
  • 121 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Birol Ünel had not been in military service in Turkey and therefore could not travel to Turkey without being arrested. However, as they say on DVD, at the last minute Turkish parliament decided on an amnesty, so he could return to his home country for the first time after 10 years and finish the movie. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Saniye'm See more »
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 »
Quotes Dr. Schiller: If you want to end your life, end it. You don't have to kill yourself to do that.
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