Kebab Connection

The premise for this 2005 German feature may suggest cross-cultural comedy—a Turkish immigrant in Hamburg dreams of making a kung fu epic—but in practice the movie only proves that the language of snark is universal. Parodies of Eisenstein, Sergio Leone, and Bruce Lee weave through the woolly plot, in which the hero (Denis Moschitto) discovers his German girlfriend (Nora Tschirner) is pregnant and finds himself a pawn in the bitter rivalry between his uncle, who owns a kebab shop, and the proprietor of a Greek restaurant across the street. There's a fair amount of cheery slapstick, and the players' timing is immaculate. Anno Saul directed a script written in part by the talented Turkish director Fatih Akin (Head On). In German and Turkish with subtitles. 96 min.

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