Head On - A film by Fatih Akin
"A portrait of passionate, all-consuming love born out of desperation."
"Love does not just hurt in the jagged German romance "Head-On"; it cuts and bleeds and even kills."
Manohla Dargis, NEW YORK TIMES
"Raw, impassioned and provocative, German drama "Head-On" lives up to its title in its opening minutes, as angry alcoholic Cahit deliberately drives his car into a wall. This failed suicide attempt brings him together with Sibel, the equally desperate daughter of strict Muslim Turks, who begs Cahit to join her in a marriage of convenience. Soon enough, though, faked feelings turn real in a film that is part comedy, part tragedy and filled with a sense of edgy surprise."
Matthew Leyland, BBC
Cahit is a German Turk in his late 30`s. He has given up with his life after his beloved wife`s death, and he`s living a miserable life right in the core of cocaine and excessive drinking. One night, he semi-intentionally crashes into a wall, and barely survives. At the hospital he`s taken to, he meets a girl, Sibel, another German Turk who`s tried to commit suicide. She`s sick and tired of her family`s ultra-traditional issues, and asks Cahit to carry out a white marriage with her out of the blue, so that she can become a married woman and get rid of her family`s revolting pressure. Cahit is turned off by the idea at first, but then he agrees to take part in this plan. As Sibel tells him straightaway that she`s interested in absolute freedom involving other men and he agrees, they live as roommates with separate private lives for a while. Then things take a different turn, and they`re no longer two indifferent roommates. But their love story won`t be anywhere as simple as any other...