This is a slightly-over-90-minute television movie from almost 10 years ago starring Florian David Fitz. You may have seen his film "Vincent will Meer" if you are interested in German cinema. Also there are some supporting players here who have been in notable projects such as "Der Schuh des Manitu", "Goodbye Lenin" and "The Lives of Others". The film's director wrote "Bang Boom Bang". Actually, he is more of a writer and has not directed another film since 2006. The writer here is not really prolific. This was only the second feature film he came up with.
The music here is not really what you would expect. There are sequences of Turkish traditional music, but for most of the film they go with Fatboy Slim, Johnny Cash, Madonna and Blur. In terms of the actors, I already mentioned Fitz and there are also Kathrin Saß, Charly Hübner and Hilmi Sözer in here. The actress who plays the female central character is stunning, but fairly unknown unfortunately and also does not really act anymore these days. At least not in movies. Half of the cast are Turkish actors, probably even more. One of them, Hilmi Sözer (the girl's dad) is really not a good actor at all, neither in drama nor in comedy. Fitz is slightly better, but not a revelation either. Hübner (personal favorite) and Saß steal the show in this one whenever they are on screen. The fact that this film did not really wow me was not their fault, but really mostly due to the script, which certainly could have been better and less over the top on many occasions, especially all the drama at the end. The way this was made it is no movie which helps in getting rid off boundaries between Germans and Turks in Germany, but it really makes them stronger again, which is basically the worst that they could achieve. Many stereotypes in here and they are only rarely funny. One of the negative moments was when Fitz' character is already a full-blown Muslim and yet he still hasn't told his mother for some reason, despite her being the only family he has to quote him from a later scene. They can't be that close then, can they? I am a bit surprised to see this film actually won an Adolf Grimme award, but movie makers can take this as an encouragement that you really do not have to come up with great quality anymore to do so. Not recommended.