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Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

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Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

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. Cahit then accidentally kills one of Sibel's lovers and is sent to jail. Sibel moves to Turkey where she gets a job as a domestic aid with the help of her sister. After serving his sentence, Cahit is released from jail and he immediately sets off for Istanbul to find her.
Runtime: 121 min
Rating: Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content.
Production: ARTE
Genres: Drama, Romance
Countries: Turkey, Germany
Languages: English, German, Turkish
Home Release Date: Sep 13, 2005
Director Credit
Fatih Akin Director
Writer Credit
Fatih Akin Writer
Principal Cast Credit
Birol Ünel Cahit Tomruk
Sibel Kekilli Sibel
Cast Credit
Aysel Iscan Birsen Güner (Mutter)
Catrin Striebeck Maren
Cem Akin Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Demir Gökgöl Yunus Güner (Vater)
Francesco Fiannaca Mann Am Tresen
Hermann Lause Dr. Schiller
Karin Niwiger Kassiererin (Psychiatrie)
Meltem Cumbul Selma (Cousine)
Mona Mur Stammkundin Zoe Bar
Monique Akin Kundin Im Friseurladen
Philipp Baltus Patient 2 (Psychiatrie)
Ralph Misske Patient 1 (Psychiatrie)
Stefan Gebelhoff Nico
Producer Credit
Ali Akdeniz Line Producer: Turkey
Andreas Schreitmüller Producer: Arte
Andreas Thiel Co-Producer
Fatih Akin Co-Producer
Jeanette Würl Producer: NDR
Mehmet Kurtulus Co-Producer
Ralph Schwingel Producer
Stefan Schubert Producer
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