Fratricide (2006)


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The quest for identity among Kurdish émigrés residing in urban Germany sets the stage for tragedy in writer/director Yilmaz Arslan's unforgiving drama. When teenage Kurdistan shepherd Azad (Erdal Celik) receives money from his older brother Semo (Nuretin Celik) intended to help the younger sibling make his way to Germany, Azad wastes no time getting to Europe. Upon arrival, however, the proud and honest Azad is furious to discover that Semo is earning his living on the streets as a pimp. In a sincere bid not to become tainted by his elder sibling's lifestyle, Azad seeks sanctuary in a nearby refugee shelter. It is at the shelter that Azad makes the acquaintance of 11-year-old Kurdish orphan Ibo (Xewat Gectan), and after striking up a warm friendship, the pair do their best to make an honest living as barbers at a Kurdish-run, hole-in-the-wall café. Frustrated at their inability to become a fully functioning member of German society, Azad and Ibo soon clash with Turkish street thugs Ahmet and Zeki, setting into motion a harrowing cycle of violence that rapidly spirals out of control.


Critic Reviews for Fratricide

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

A hard-hitting, ultimately tragic tale of the struggle for identity among Kurdish emigres in urban Germany.

Aug 25, 2006 | Full Review…
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Arslen has a sharp eye for telling detail and draws memorable performances from his inexperienced cast in a bitter demonstration of how for too many people life is truly nasty, brutish and short.

Aug 25, 2006

At the start of Yilmaz Arslan's somber drama, it's hard to understand why the young narrator sounds so embittered. By the end, his sadness is devastatingly clear.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4

Shot with such grit that the lenses seem coated with grease, the film offers a myopic impression of an unnamed German city, and that's probably the point.

Aug 25, 2006 | Rating: B
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Devotees of seamy '70s cinema should give this little film a look.

Aug 23, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

The familiar story of the innocent soul who travels from the country to the big, bad city receives a thorough workout in this crude attempt at a cinematic bildungsroman.

Aug 22, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5

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