Head-On (2005)

40-year-old Cahit is brought to German psychiatric clinic after attempting suicide and sets out to start a new life, even as he longs for drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. Sibel is young, pretty and, like Cahit, Turkish-German. She lives… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 21, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A raw, provocative drama about star-crossed love and the lives of immigrants caught between the traditional and modern.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Akin makes this a most intriguing, if roundabout, journey from despair to 'do something.'

Ted Fry
Seattle Times

A riveting love story that never flinches from the unsettling reality of a specific social issue or the universal joys that two people can bring to each other's lives, no matter how hard they try to bring agony to their own.

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Ethan Alter
Film Journal International

Beyond its pleasures as a good piece of storytelling, Head-On also provides some interesting commentary on the clash between different cultures.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The power of Akin's film, which is considerably aided by the two lead performances ... comes from the spectacle of people developing feelings for each other even through numbing layers of mutual narcissism, self-loathing and raging terror of intimacy.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A portrait of passionate, all-consuming love born out of desperation.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Ultimately more provocative than insightful.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Violent and sexy and funny and sad.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

By the time the film concludes, you will likely feel better for having gone the distance, for having faced all this head-on.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gloomy fairy-tale version of a Hollywood romantic film that barely gets past its gloomy outlook on life.

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