Fratricide (2006)

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… More

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Release Date: August 23, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
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Jay Weissberg

A hard-hitting, ultimately tragic tale of the struggle for identity among Kurdish emigres in urban Germany.

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Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Louis Proyect

Kurds feuding with Turks in the streets of Germany. Reminiscent of "Los Olvidados" or "Pixote". Grim but rewarding.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

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.

Kyle Smith
New York Post

Devotees of seamy '70s cinema should give this little film a look.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

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.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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