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A marriage of convenience becomes a tragic romance in this enveloping 2004 German drama by Fatih Akin, whose Turkish ancestry and German upbringing inform the story's clash of cultures. In a seedy section of Hamburg a middle-aged loser (Birol Unel) purposely crashes his car into a brick wall, but instead of a toe tag he winds up with a new wife--a beautiful but suicidal young Turkish woman (Sibel Kekilli) who comes on to him in the hospital and persuades him to marry her so she can escape her suffocating family. Their domestic life is an endless bacchanal of drink, drugs, and extramarital sex, and when they eventually fall in love with each other their compromised relationship is like a dance floor littered with broken glass. In German and Turkish with subtitles. 121 min. Music Box.

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