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    Head On is German director Fatih Akin’s story of the alcoholic Cahit and Turkish Sibel. Akin tells the story of a love that can never be between two people who are too alike to not be together.

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    Akin makes this a most intriguing, if roundabout, journey from despair to 'do something.'

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    The power of Akin's film, which is considerably aided by the two lead performances ... comes from the spectacle of people developing feelings for each other even through numbing layers of mutual narcissism, self-loathing and raging terror of intimacy.

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    Violent and sexy and funny and sad.

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    A riveting love story that never flinches from the unsettling reality of a specific social issue or the universal joys that two people can bring to each other's lives, no matter how hard they try to bring agony to their own.

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    A portrait of passionate, all-consuming love born out of desperation.

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    By the time the film concludes, you will likely feel better for having gone the distance, for having faced all this head-on.

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    This is a gritty drama about self-destruction. On a basic level, its title refers to an early scene in which a man floors his car and plows into a brick wall. In a more general sense, it reflects the protagonists' fatalistic approach to life.

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    ... Well and fearlessly acted, and the writer-director (Fatih Akin) is determined to follow her story to a logical and believable conclusion, rather than letting everyone off the hook with a conventional ending.

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    It's an arresting new work by an obviously gifted and commanding moviemaker.

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    Head On understands the tension between wanting to have nothing to do with the place from which you came and yet still, deep in your heart, somehow yearning for it.

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    This is not just pliable filmmaking; it is an exercise in worldliness, in a feel for the cracks and warps of circumstance, which is all the more startling when you learn that the director is thirty-one.

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    The movie starts with a mild contrivance and then allows life to tear through its seams, sabotaging its characters and us.

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    This is a film experience that stays in the mind.

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    A major artistic breakthrough.

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    Akin calls this his most personal movie. Every frame bristles with authenticity and honest emotion. He's the real thing. His movie is stunning.

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    Where too many films depict redemption as a divine right, Head-On has the courage to track a process that generally makes for rough traveling.

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    No matter what is going on in the story, these star-crossed lovers are always fascinating to watch.

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    They might be marginal, they might misfits, but we actually care about those two crazy kids.

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    Akin lays on too much nastiness and too many false endings, but the film succeeds anyway, fueled by the idea that love can restore a soul even if it can't always conquer all.

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    Head-On doesn't sound like a lot of fun, but it keeps you on edge, laughing nervously, appalled and, against all odds, entertained.

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    Despite all its roiling melodrama, Head-On has its moments of sharply observed humor.

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    Impeccably made, uncompromising in its implacable vision of the deranging power of love, sex and controlled substances, this savage and staggering film knows how to take our breath away.

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    In its breathlessly claustrophobic way the movie is vital and passionate, and lit with a lyric beauty that washes over love scenes and violent acts alike.

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    Director Fatih Akin has made a remarkable film -- the first great film of the new year -- marked by strong characters and intense scenes.

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    Sloppy, melodramatic yet, ultimately, immensely affecting.

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    Any sense of predictability is extinguished by these two thoroughly engaging actors. Despite their less-than-saintly behavior, you won't be able to take your eyes off either.

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    Thoroughly astonishing in its twists and turns, its brutality and its angry sex, it makes the Romeo-Juliet, East-meets-West romances of our increasingly tribalized world seem more facile than ever.

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    Love doesn't just hurt in the jagged German romance Head-On; it cuts and bleeds and even kills.

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    Akin's showily grimy Berlin Film Festival prizewinner is propelled by ferocious sex, nasty violence, and coy interludes of traditional Turkish love songs warbled by a folk band on the banks of the Bosporus.

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    In an odd spin on the immigration story, rootless Cahit and Sibel are ultimately too complex for the fiction that holds them.

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    Fine, gritty, contempo love story.

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