Genre:  Drama, Romance
Running Time:  121 min.
Release Date: June 17, 2005 (limited)
DVD: September 27, 2005

Current rating: Rating: 3.64
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Cast: Birol Ünel, Sibel Kekilli, Catrin Striebeck, Güven Kirac, Meltem Cumbul, Zarah McKenzie


Cahit and Sibel are both Turkish and living in Hamburg. They meet in a mental hospital, where they have landed because of suicide attempts. Cahit is about 40 and fighting past demons. Sibel is half his age and fighting present demons – i.e. a traditional father and brother who insist she wed a Turk. Upon meeting Cahit, Sibel asks, “Would you marry me?”

What the heck, why not? Cahit gains a housekeeper (since Sibel is good at cooking and cleaning) and she gets a Turkish husband. The two live simply as roommates, getting their sex elsewhere – he with a sometimes girlfriend, and she with any guy who suits her fancy. Then slowly the two begin to fall for each other. When Cahil ends up in jail and Sibel flees to Turkey, her heart, mind and soul remain with him – but for how long?

Director: Fatih Akin
Studio: Mongrel Media
Producer(s): Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel
Screenplay: Fatih Akin

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