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When We Leave (2010)

Die Fremde (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 28 January 2011 (USA)
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Umay is a young woman of Turkish descent, fighting for an independent and self-determined life in Germany against the resistance of her family. Her struggle initiates a dynamic, which results in a life-threatening situation.

Director:

Feo Aladag

Writer:

Feo Aladag
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sibel Kekilli ... Umay
Nizam Schiller Nizam Schiller ... Cem
Derya Alabora Derya Alabora ... Halime
Settar Tanriögen ... Kader
Tamer Yigit Tamer Yigit ... Mehmet
Serhad Can Serhad Can ... Acar
Almila Bagriacik ... Rana
Florian Lukas ... Stipe
Nursel Köse ... Gül
Alwara Höfels ... Atife
Ufuk Bayraktar ... Kemal
Blanca Apilánez Blanca Apilánez ... Carmen
Rosa Enskat Rosa Enskat ... Manuela
Gümeç Alpay Aslan Gümeç Alpay Aslan ... Zeynep (as Gümec Alpay)
Ayla Arslancan Ayla Arslancan ... Ayten
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Storyline

German-born Umay flees her oppressive marriage in Istanbul, taking her young son Cem with her. She hopes to find a better life with her family in Berlin, but her unexpected arrival creates intense conflict. Her family is trapped in their conventions, torn between their love for her and the traditional values of their community. Ultimately they decide to return Cem to his father in Turkey. To keep her son, Umay is forced to move again. She finds the inner strength to build a new life for herself and Cem, but her need for her family's love drives her to a series of ill-fated attempts at reconciliation. What Umay doesn't realize is just how deep the wounds have gone and how dangerous her struggle for self-determination has become... Written by Independent Artists Filmproduktion

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Drama

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany

Language:

German | Turkish

Release Date:

28 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Estrangeira See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,018, 30 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,631, 18 February 2011
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Feo Aladag wrote and directed this movie after participating in Amnesty International's "Violence Against Women" campaign, and feeling like she had more to explore in the subject of honor killings. See more »

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Features Biçak sirti (2007) See more »

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Moments of Tenderness
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i have been there ..
10 October 2014 | by ssdd_000See all my reviews

I would like to thank everyone who created this heart breaking movie, you might question the story line if it's true story or not. I have signed up just to tell you that it's true and some women who have suffered like Umay and had experienced much more greater pain and near death experience from there own family. I'm one of them.. a 30 years old woman with 7 years old child. The difference between me and Umya is that when she found the door locked in her family place, she called the police And  I can't ! the difference is she is living in country that respects humans and offer help to anyone in danger while I'm not .. I'm living in the most restricted religious  country that gave men the power in everything to control a women life. I have called violence police unite and they couldn't reach me. I have been threatened by machine gun day and night. I can't take my son and run away cause nothing can be done without guardian permission. My story continues and this movie have given my strength to fight my own battle. The question will remains (am I allowed to take the decision of my son's life.. or  leave my son with my family so he do experience the life of a refugee with his mom ?) Thank you again ..  this movie touched my heart and I'll always remember Umay ..


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