Aprilkinder (1998)

Genres - Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Urban Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - Germany, Turkey  |  
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German-born director Yuksel Yavuz debuts with this taut drama about a Kurdish family trying to find a niche in Hamburg. The family's cramped apartment can barely house the three grown, often bickering children. The overworked mother (Serif Sezer) and the bedridden father (Cemel Yavuz) pin their hopes on their eldest son Cem (Erdal Yildaz), a serious meat packing plant employee who is soon getting married to his cousin living in the old country. Shy and quietly longing to break out of family tradition, Cem is less than thrilled about this prospect and secretly takes up with Kim (Inga Busch), a blonde-wigged prostitute. In spite of a sizeable culture gap, the two's vigorous couplings form the beginnings of a relationship, though her mercurial temperament and his disdain for her line of work inevitably leads to strife. Meanwhile, Cem's loudmouthed brother Mehmet (Bulent Esrungun) is trying to break into a life of crime, though his main connection to the underworld is a junkie who is less than reliable. At the same time, Mehmet's best friend Arif (Kaan Emre) is quietly dating the family's alienated teenaged daughter Dilan (Senem Tepe). When wires cross and everyone learns what the others are up to, chaos ensues.

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apartment, bedridden, criminal, factory, family, Germany, immigrant, meatpacker, turkey [animal], Turkish [nationality]