Gegen die Wand (Head-On)

This weekend I got the chance to watch this amazin movie called ‘Gegen die Wand’. Gegen die Wand is a Turkish movie or rather a Turkish-German movie that is a drama masterpiece. I’ve always been a big German cinema fan but this is the first time I got the chance to watch this collaborative effort by Turkish and German cinema together. The movie deals with the lives of German Turks living in Turkey. The movie isn’t a documentary on the lives of German Turks. The movie is a classic example of commercial-drama movies.

gegen-die-wandBirol Unel plays the role of Cahit and has given a great performance. It’s kind of a role that any good actor would kill to do. Cahit in the movie is a drunkard, weird and lonely guy who doesn’t know what he wants from life. He lacks love in his life and is not aware about the concept/meaning of a relationship in life. After his accident he meets Sibel (Sibel Kekilli played a difficult character in the movie and given the fact that it was her first movie, since she’s not from the movie industry, she has done a fabulous job) in the hospital. Sibel is there because she tried to commit suicide. Sibel is not very different from Cahit in terms of weirdness and all she wants to do in life is to sleep with different guys.

Sibel manages to convince Cahit (who is older than her by at least 10 years) to marry her and live like room-mates. She wants to marry Cahit because he’s a Turk and it would be great for her to marry a Turk. Cahit agrees because he doesn’t want Sibel to kill herself.

The story takes an interesting twist when both Sibel and Cahit start falling for each other. They realize it when they start feeling jealous of each others’ sex partners. Just when everything seems to be settling Cahit ends up in the jail for accidently murdering Sibel’s ex-boyfriend. Sibel shifts with her sister in Istanbul and waits for Cahit to come out of the jail. But after some time she goes back to her old life before a stranger saves her life and they both decide to marry.

Cahit comes out of the jail after a few years and learns about Sibel’s changed life. Both of them still love each other and Sibel decides to go back with Cahit which never happens. The end of the movie is devastating and gets everyone thinking why Sibel would cancel her plan to go away with Cahit at the final moments. You want to know the answer? Watch the movie.

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~ by pankajsingla9 on March 9, 2009.

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