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Head-On (2004)

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Original title: Gegen die Wand

Release Date
• USA: Nov 5, 2004
• UK: 28 Oct 2004
DVD Release Date
• R1: Sep 13, 2005

Official Website:
Head-On Website

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content.

Running Time
2 hours, 1 minute

Country Germany, Turkey

Studio Strand Releasing

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Other Titles
• Head-On
• Gegen die Wand (2004)
• Duvara karsi

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Genre: Romance, Drama, Love, Prison, Drugs, Marriage, Infidelity, Experimental

Plot: Fatih Akin's HEAD-ON (GEGEN DIE WAND) is a powerful film about sexuality and suicide, centering on two Turks living in Germany. Drunken loser Cahit (Birol Unel) drives his car into a wall; Sibel (Sibel Kekilli) slashes her wrist because she can't stand living with her traditional Muslim family. The two meet in the hospital and decide to join in a marriage of convenience in which he can get himself a cute young housekeeper and she can finally move away from home. They live together in Hamburg, where she begins to sleep around dangerously and he grows surprisingly jealous, leading to tragedy. To a soundtrack of 1980s music (Depeche Mode, Talk Talk, Sisters of Mercy), their lives continue to fall apart, lost to a world of lies and deception, drugs and violence, and emotional pain.

Filmed on location in Germany and Turkey, HEAD-ON is an intense look at two lost souls who can't stand life as they know it. They spend a lot of time in clubs, trying to drink and dance away their troubles, but they seem doomed to constant failure and unhappiness. Unel and Kekilli are shockingly realistic in the lead roles, adding to the overall poignancy of the harsh and disturbing film. There is a large Turkish contingent living in Germany, many of whom came over in the 20th century seeking employment;

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 Directed by
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 Written by
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 Music By
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