Fratricide (Brudermord)
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The quest for identity among Kurdish émigrés residing in urban Germany sets the stage for tragedy in writer/director Yilmaz Arslan's unforgiving drama. When teenage Kurdistan shepherd Azad (Erdal Celik) receives money from his older brother Semo (Nuretin Celik) intended to help the younger sibling make his way to Germany, Azad wastes no time getting to Europe. Upon arrival, however, the proud and honest Azad is furious to discover that Semo is earning his living on the streets as a pimp. In a sincere bid not to become tainted by his elder sibling's lifestyle, Azad seeks sanctuary in a… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A hard-hitting, ultimately tragic tale of the struggle for identity among Kurdish emigres in urban Germany."
‑ Jay Weissberg, Variety
"Shot with such grit that the lenses seem coated with grease, the film offers a myopic impression of an unnamed German city, and that's probably the point."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Kurds feuding with Turks in the streets of Germany. Reminiscent of "Los Olvidados" or "Pixote". Grim but rewarding."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Arslen has a sharp eye for telling detail and draws memorable performances from his inexperienced cast in a bitter demonstration of how for too many people life is truly nasty, brutish and short."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"Devotees of seamy '70s cinema should give this little film a look."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The age-old and sadly undying animosity between Kurds and Turks is played out on the streets of urban Germany in this bracing drama from Turkish-born filmmaker Yilmaz Arslan."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"At the start of Yilmaz Arslan's somber drama, it's hard to understand why the young narrator sounds so embittered. By the end, his sadness is devastatingly clear."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"The familiar story of the innocent soul who travels from the country to the big, bad city receives a thorough workout in this crude attempt at a cinematic bildungsroman."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"The film's violence is not meaningless or unfeeling, but a sad illustration of how innocence is perverted and pain is exploited for political leverage."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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