Head-On

"Good"

Head-On Review


Forty-something bum meets twenty-something Turkish cutie in this multiple award-winning German film by Fatih Akin. Shrill, earthy, gritty, and sometime ridiculous, the film succeeds in mixing the unconventional and the realistic with assurance.

Grungy looking Cahit (Birol Ünel) is so far down he doesn't know which way is up. His job is picking up beer bottles in a rundown bar near his equally rundown cave-like apartment. Since the loss of his wife, his life is over and as a consequence, when he's not drinking he's drunk.

Determined to end it all he drives his car head-on into a wall. In the hospital he meets 20-year-old Sibel (Sibel Kekilli), another failed suicide who decides that Cahit is just who she needs to get a green card to live in Germany.

Sibel is rebellious, outspoken, and sexy. Cahit is tough, ugly, and filthy, but Sibel likes him. They marry out of necessity, but in time -- of course -- they fall in love, much to the chagrin of Sibel's proud Turkish family.

But can it last? No, of course not. Not only is there an ego clash between the two but Cahit is a hot head and his actions drive Sibel right into the hands of her family who are all to glad to send her back to Turkey. Distraught Cahit hits rock bottom and then in time heads to Turkey to find his bride and make amends. But it may be too late!

Head-On, which won the Golden Bear in Berlin, five German Lolas, and three major European Film Awards, has verve and is well grounded in dealing with the subject of identity and culture clash between two people from different European countries. But it is often difficult to forget that we are watching a movie. And some scenes - such as Cahit going on a drunken brawl through a crowded rock concert with blood spewing down both arms - are so over-the-top as to propel the film from realistic to weird.

Overall, Head-On is not particularly original but it is often riveting enough to hold one's attention.

Aka Gegen die Wand.



Head-On

Facts and Figures

Run time: 121 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 11th March 2004

Box Office Worldwide: $378.7 thousand

Production compaines: Head On Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Ari, Paul Capsis as Johnny, Julian Garner as Sean, Elena Mandalis as Betty, Tony Nikolakopoulos as Dimitri, Damien Fotiou as Joe, Eugenia Fragos as Sophia, Dora Kaskanis as Dina, Maria Mercedes as Tasia, Alex Papps as Peter, Vassili Zappa as Vassili, Andrea Mandalis as Alex, Chris Kaglaros as Groom, Ourania Sideropoulos as Bride, Anthony Lyritzis as Boy in Car, Ana Gonzalez as Woman Sleeping, as Janet, Aimee Robertson as Nose Ring Girl, Nathan Farinella as Young Ari, Paul Farinella as Young Peter

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

Contactmusic 2017 Exclusive

New Movies

Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures Movie Review

This film recounts such a great true story that we don't mind the fact that...

The Founder Movie Review

The Founder Movie Review

This is the story of Ray Kroc, the man who created the concept of McDonald's....

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

John Wick: Chapter 2 Movie Review

Keanu Reeves picks up his supremely efficient hitman immediately where the 2015 original left him:...

Fences Movie Review

Fences Movie Review

After winning Tony Awards on Broadway, Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reteam for a film...

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

The Lego Batman Movie Movie Review

A spin-off from 2014's awesome The Lego Movie, this raucously paced action-comedy is proof that...

The Space Between Us Movie Review

The Space Between Us Movie Review

While the premise of this movie makes it look like a sci-fi adventure, the truth...

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

Toni Erdmann Movie Review

On paper, the idea of a two-hour 40-minute German comedy may not seem very promising,...

Advertisement
Gold Movie Review

Gold Movie Review

Based on a true story, this lively and sometimes outrageous adventure is packed with twists...

Loving Movie Review

Loving Movie Review

While this film tackles a huge issue in the history of race relations in America,...

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

T2 Trainspotting Movie Review

It's been 20 years since we last saw four freewheeling young junkies from Edinburgh spiral...

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Based on an astounding true story, this battlefield drama mixes warm emotion with intense action...

Sing Movie Review

Sing Movie Review

The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar...

Jackie Movie Review

Jackie Movie Review

Rather than make a standard biopic about the most famous First Lady in American history,...

Split Movie Review

Split Movie Review

After a few badly received sci-fi blockbusters, M. Night Shyamalan returned to his earthier style...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.