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

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Cahit (Birol Ünel) stumbles from bar to bar in Hamburg, Germany, lost in an alcoholic haze. The boozy Turkish immigrant crashes his car into a wall, which lands him in a mental institution. There he meets the suicidal Sibel (Sibel Kekilli). She convinces him to marry her, because otherwise her family will arrange her marriage to a Turkish man of their choosing. She proposes a deal to Cahit: She will cook and clean for him and they can see other people. Thus begins their strange romance.

Cast & Crew

Birol Ünel
Cahit Tomruk
Sibel Kekilli
Sibel Güner
Cem Akin
Yilmaz Güner (Bruder)
Aysel Iscan
Birsen Güner (Mutter)
Demir Gökgöl
Yunus Güner (Vater)
Hermann Lause
Dr. Schiller
Fatih Akin
Co-Producer
Rainer Klausmann
Cinematographer
Andrew Bird
Film Editor
Mai Seck
Casting
Harika Uygur
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Tamo Kunz
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Critic Reviews for Head-On

All Critics (88) | Top Critics (33) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (8)

  • A punky, noisy romance full of life and emotion and ideas that captures the moment in the style of contemporary classics such as My Beautiful Laundrette and Trainspotting.

    April 1, 2019 | Full Review…
  • That this marriage of convenience between two cultural misfits will eventually lead to love may sound like a contrivance, but that's not at all the way it plays. Akin's raw, powerful, multileveled movie takes us places we never expected to go.

    March 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    July 1, 2005 | Rating: 4/5
  • 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.

    June 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Violent and sexy and funny and sad.

    June 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 6, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ted Fry

    Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Head-On

  • Jun 03, 2011
    Fantastic German drama about two troubled Turkish people who meet in psychiatric out-patients and get married mighty quick to escape their lives. Both leads are magnificent, compelling despite their flaws, and the story packs a punch thats hard to forget. One star deduction as I'm still hoping for a drama with a strong sexually-independant female lead who DOESN'T get raped somewhere along the line.
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • May 06, 2011
    Ganhador do Urso de Ouro no Festival de Berlim, o longa nos apresenta a história de dois imigrantes que tentam se entender em um mundo que ninquà (C)m os entende. Uma fuga para farsa, que aos poucos um novo sentido à  vida de ambos.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2010
    essentially a film about an attention seeking depressive and her dopey victim. however it's well shot & has some random turkish music inserted every now & then in an effort to make it a bit different... so at least it's not totally boring!
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2010
    Very powerful film. I enjoyed this tremendously.
    John B Super Reviewer

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