Facts and Figures

Run time: 121 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 11th March 2004

Box Office Worldwide: $378.7 thousand

Production compaines: Head On Productions


Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 8.0 / 10

Cast & Crew


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

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 Rating

" OK "