as Tibet's Mother
Critic Reviews for Chiko
Impressive directorial skills, if a trite plotline, are on offer in Turkish-German writer-director Özgür Yildirim's occasionally violent debut feature.
... its uneven blend of social criticism, domestic drama and gangster tragedy illustrates just how difficult it is to capture that distinctive Scarface quality.
It's hard to take your eyes off Moschitto's bulldog-like antihero - with his dangerous lips and furtive power plays, he makes Vincent Cassel in Mesrine look like Dale Winton's camper twin.
Despite the fresh setting and fine performances, Yildirim's screenplay is just too familiar to really admire. Instead of violent and ruthless Italians, we get violent and ruthless Turks.
Audience Reviews for Chiko
Possessed of innate street smarts and a dead-eyed stare, Chiko (Denis Moschitto) dreams of success in the drug trade. His chief liability is combustible best Â“broÂ” Tibet (Volkan Ozcan), a blustery fighter who canÂ’t grasp the big picture. TibetÂ’s mom ...( read more)(Lilay Huser) is undergoing kidney treatments, and the young men chafe at being unable to do more to help her. Setting his sights on a job with violent local drug kingpin and gregarious family man Brownie (Moritz Bleibtreu), Chiko elbows his hapless mule out of the way and earns the formidable task of moving a great deal of weed in a short time. The only caveat: The product must be sold from an apartment, not on the street. When Tibet breaks this rule and is spotted selling at a schoolyard, BrownieÂ’s subsequent discipline --a nail in the foot -- drives a wedge between the two friends that rears its ugly head when Chiko becomes BrownieÂ’s successful cocaine lieutenant and Tibet sinks into a drug-fuelled anger that manifests itself in revenge.
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