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Salami Aleikum (2009)

To save the family's butchery from insolvency smallish, sensitive Mohsen heads to Poland to buy low-priced sheep. On his way he lands somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Germany ... See full summary »

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Ali Samadi Ahadi
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Navid Navid ... Mohsen Taheri (as Navíd Akhavan)
Anna Böger ... Ana Bergheim
Michael Niavarani Michael Niavarani ... Vater Taheri
Wolfgang Stumph Wolfgang Stumph ... Vater Bergheim
Proschat Madani Proschat Madani ... Mutter Taheri
Eva-Maria Radoy Eva-Maria Radoy ... Mutter Bergheim
Caroline Schreiber Caroline Schreiber ... Gisela
Rainer Reiners ... Rudolf
Stephan Grossmann ... Uwe
Aaron Röhl Aaron Röhl ... Moshen als Kind
Robert Hofmann Robert Hofmann ... Justin
Andreas Schulz Andreas Schulz ... Kevin
Romanus Fuhrmann Romanus Fuhrmann ... Mechaniker
Tessa Schleker Tessa Schleker ... Ana als Kind
Teresa Sophia Schneider Teresa Sophia Schneider ... Ana als Jugendliche
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To save the family's butchery from insolvency smallish, sensitive Mohsen heads to Poland to buy low-priced sheep. On his way he lands somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Eastern Germany and falls in love with former shot-putter Ana. The villagers assume Mohsen to be a scion of a Persian textile dynasty who may save the village. Mohsen becomes more and more en vogue until his father appears. Written by DREAMER JOINT VENTURE

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Germany

Language:

German | Persian

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23 July 2009 (Germany) See more »

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$2,016,778
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2.35 : 1
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a must-see for culture-clash enthusiasts
14 March 2010 | by Radu_ASee all my reviews

The story of 'Salami Aleikum' deals with the vegetarian son of an Iranian butcher who is forced to adopt the family enterprise in the German city of Cologne in spite of his pangs of conscience. In order to overcome these, he spirits himself away into Bollywood fantasies of love songs and devotes himself to knitting a never-ending scarf. Fooled by a Polish conman, he winds up buying a flock of BSE-infected sheep in Poland, but suffers an accident in a garage on the way there. Assisted by the garage's female mechanic, a former East German shot-put Olympic hope disgraced after the reunification for taking steroids, he winds up falling in love with her, a relationship frowned upon her family until her father mistakes the butcher's son for a wool importer, targeting him for investing in the town's long defunct textile factory...

Yes, that's a lot of story heaved upon the viewer, and it's constantly being added to as well, with quirky remarks, jokes about inter-cultural communication, animated fantasy sequences etcetera etcetera, and a lot of this will be lost to a non-German viewer. Still, this film has absolutely magical moments, like when the parents of the lead's love interest deliver pretty international justifications for their xenophobia (like 9/11), only to change their tune 180 degrees once they suspect that there's money to be earned. At its best, 'Salami Aleikum' evokes memories of Tati or Kusturica, like when the Iranian and East German fathers compare the uniforms of their now defunct homelands and compliment each other as to how dashing they look. Considering that this is a German film, and that German films are almost always somber, sullen and dreadful to watch, such imagery is priceless.

If 'Salami Aleikum' is not perfect, then because it suffers from the typical malaise of a debut feature: trying to be too many things at once. But helmer Ali Samadi Ahadi, who previously co-directed the excellent and sensitive child soldier documentary 'Lost Children', is definitely working on a visual language of his own.


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