Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Germany/Turkey/Italy, 2007. Anka Film, Beauftragter der Bundesregierung für Angelegenheiten der Kultur und der Medien, Dorje Film, Filmförderung Hamburg, Filmförderungsanstalt, Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Kulturelle Filmförderung Schleswig-Holstein, Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Nordmedia Fonds. Screenplay by Fatih Akin. Cinematography by Rainer Klausmann. Produced by Fatih Akin, C. Duygu Bingol, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel, Jeanette Wurl. Music by Shantel. Production Design by Sirma Bradley, Tamo Kunz. Costume Design by Katrin Aschendorf. Film Editing by Andrew Bird. Cannes Film Festival 2007. Toronto International Film Festival 2007.
Two deaths in different countries change the course of living for three people in this absorbing drama by Fatih Akin, the magnificent director of Head-On. A professor of German studies in Bremen returns to his family’s native Istanbul to look for the daughter of a dead prostitute with whom he has a connection. The daughter is actually in Germany looking for her mother, and becomes acquainted with an idealistic university student whose life she ends up affecting in a permanent way. To describe the plot in detail would be to give away too much, but suffice it to say that, like Babel, it is a movie about connection, tolerance, sympathy and love and never pushes any of its themes too hard or becomes trite or corny. The marvelous Hanna Schygulla has a key role in a film that is captivating from beginning to end.