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Head-On (Gegen die Wand)

Rating:R (for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content)
Genre:Drama, Romance
Release Date:January 21, 2005
Running time:123 minutes
Cast:Birol Unel, Sibel Kekilli, Catrin Striebeck, Guven Kirac, Meltem Cumbul
Director:Fatih Akin
Producer:Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Writer:Fatih Akin
Distributor:Strand Releasing

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Description: 40-year-old Cahit is brought to German psychiatric clinic after attempting suicide and sets out to start a new life, even as he longs for drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. Sibel is young, pretty and, like Cahit, Turkish-German. She lives a lifestyle that is a bit too wild for her devout, conservative Muslim family and fakes a suicide attempt to try and escape them. But the incident brings shame upon her family, who insist that only marriage can save her. Sibel begs Cahit to marry her and he reluctantly agrees, perhaps in an effort to save her and to find meaning in his own life. Initially the two share an apartment and little else as Sibel sees other men and Cahit continues to have flings with his on-again, off-again girlfriend. Gradually, however, Cahit begins to fall in love with Sibel and she, in turn, comes to realize that she loves him - but not before an incident of jealous violence tests this fledgling romance. When Cahit is sent to jail and Sibel flees to Turkey, her heart, mind and soul remain with him - but for how long?

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