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Brothers & Sisters

An honest, sympathetic account of three Berlin teenagers, children of a Turkish cabdriver and his German wife, who must navigate the prejudices of the immigrant community and their fellow Berliners' ambivalence toward the growing population of “guest workers.” Disillusioned with Germany, the sullen eldest son spends much of his time bumming around and longs to join the Turkish military; his younger siblings, eager to fit in with their German peers, are buffeted on one side by the country's racial hierarchy and on the other by the strict rules of their old-fashioned father. The austere mise-en-scene of this 1996 drama suggests a documentary treatment, but director Thomas Arslan neglects the larger social issues to present a somewhat aimless panorama of life in an insular culture. 82 min.

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