40 Square Meters

A Turkish villager, brought to Hamburg by her immigrant laborer husband, watches the world go by from her window, but she's forbidden to learn German or venture outside their tiny apartment. Flashbacks that reveal her modest joys and growing trepidation as she was married off are juxtaposed with the loneliness and boredom of her life in Germany, an endless cycle of cooking, cleaning, and satisfying her husband's sexual urges. Ozay Fecht gives a touching performance as the miserable woman, capturing her silent frustration and simmering anger, and as director Tevfik Baser chronicles her mental and physical disintegration, his 1985 film becomes a sad commentary on how tenaciously some immigrants cling to old customs in the face of an unfamiliar culture. 77 min.

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