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.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writer:

Fatih Akin (book)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Birol Ünel ... Cahit
Güven Kiraç Güven Kiraç ... Seref
Zarah Jane McKenzie Zarah Jane McKenzie ... Barfrau in der Fabrik (as Zarah McKenzie)
Stefan Gebelhoff Stefan Gebelhoff ... Nico
Catrin Striebeck Catrin Striebeck ... Maren
Francesco Fiannaca Francesco Fiannaca ... Mann am Tresen
Mona Mur Mona Mur ... Stammkundin Zoe Bar
Sibel Kekilli ... Sibel
Ralph Misske ... Patient 1 (Psychiatrie)
Philipp Baltus ... Patient 2 (Psychiatrie)
Hermann Lause Hermann Lause ... Dr. Schiller
Karin Niwiger Karin Niwiger ... Kassiererin (Psychiatrie)
Demir Gökgöl Demir Gökgöl ... Yunus Güner (Vater)
Cem Akin Cem Akin ... Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Aysel Iscan Aysel Iscan ... Birsen Güner (Mutter)
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Storyline

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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You don't really know how much you can love... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first German film in 17 years to win the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. 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 »

Quotes

Cahit: Are you strong enough to stay between me and her?
Selma: Are you strong enough to destroy her life?
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Temple of Love
( K/T: Andrew Eldritch )
Performed by The Sisters of Mercy (as Sisters of Mercy)
Touched by the hand of Ofra Haza
With kind permission from (C) Eldritch Boulevard Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Germany,
(P) 1983 Warner Music UK, Warner Strategic Marketing
a division of Warner Music Group Germany
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A Human Story Crashing the Walls ; Truly Amazing ,
15 March 2004 | by efsalSee all my reviews

Turkey premier of the movie has been held here just a few days ago but even before that all the attention was taken on the pornographic past of the lead actress neither on the golden bear nor on the success it has gained internationally (Which I hated the way media approached) ... I have seen it recently and should say its a must see movie. A classic story of the 3rd generation of Turks in Germany outlined very well around a love story. Lead actor Birol and Sibel Kekilli have done a good job . The basic story takes you in and makes you feel all the sadness, craziness, happiness, joy and deep depressions of the characters. The bitterness of the reality spread all over the movie and kind of depressing. The story is also politically and socially a very good point expressing maybe thousands of peoples true lives stucked between two cultures. I would love to watch it once again. This was Sibel's first movie and I believe she will be a very good actress and wishing her luck;

I admire her posture towards all the criticism so much .


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Country:

Germany | Turkey

Language:

German | Turkish | English

Release Date:

11 March 2004 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,216, 23 January 2005

Gross USA:

$435,395

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,065,801
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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