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Head-On (2005)

Head-On (2005)




Critic Consensus: A raw, provocative drama about star-crossed love and the lives of immigrants caught between the traditional and modern.

Movie Info

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?more
Rating: R (for strong graphic sexuality, pervasive language, some brutal violence and drug content)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By: ,
Written By: Fatih Akin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
Strand Releasing - Official Site


Cem Akin
as Yilmaz Guner
Aysel Iscan
as Birsen Guner
Demir Gökgöl
as Yunus Guner
Hermann Lause
as Dr. Schiller
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Critic Reviews for Head-On

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (34)

Akin makes this a most intriguing, if roundabout, journey from despair to 'do something.'

Full Review… | July 1, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

The power of Akin's film, which is considerably aided by the two lead performances ... comes from the spectacle of people developing feelings for each other even through numbing layers of mutual narcissism, self-loathing and raging terror of intimacy.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Violent and sexy and funny and sad.

Full Review… | June 17, 2005
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

A riveting love story that never flinches from the unsettling reality of a specific social issue or the universal joys that two people can bring to each other's lives, no matter how hard they try to bring agony to their own.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

A portrait of passionate, all-consuming love born out of desperation.

Full Review… | April 15, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Beyond its pleasures as a good piece of storytelling, Head-On also provides some interesting commentary on the clash between different cultures.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Head-On


saw it

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Sordid but compelling tale of amour fou.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Some people choose the hardest way to live/change. "If you want to end your life, end it. You don't have to kill yourself to do that."

Rubia Carolina

Super Reviewer

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