Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
Original title: Im Juli
Germany, 2000. Argos Filmcilik Turizm, Quality Pictures, Wüste Film. Screenplay by Fatih Akin. Cinematography by Pierre Aim. Produced by Stefan Schubert, Ralph Schwingel. Music by Ulrich Kodjo Wendt. Production Design by Jurgen Schnell. Costume Design by Helen Achtermann. Film Editing by Andrew Bird.
Irritating road movie about a buttoned-up Hamburg teacher who has an impromptu date with a beautiful woman from Istanbul and falls instantly in love with her. She tells him that she plans on being under a certain bridge in her fair city by the Friday following their evening together, and he decides that the best way to spend his vacation is to meet her there and make all his dreams come true. Getting into his beat up old car and hitting the road from Germany to Turkey, he picks up a hitchhiker who turns out to have feminine quirks of her own. When his car breaks down and they decide to continue traveling together, it creates a bond that forces him to question whether or not he should be chasing the woman of his dreams, or perhaps he should be looking closer at hand. Either way it doesn’t matter, as this one’s characters grate on your nerves very quickly and director Fatih Akin does very little to make up for the overly familiar plot.