Search - Fratricide on DVD


Fratricide
Fratricide
Actors: Erdal Celik, Xevat Gectan, Nurretin Celik, Bulent Buyukasik, Xhiljona Ndoja
Director: Yilmaz Arslan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2007     1hr 32min

Semo, a Kurdish immigrant and pimp living in Germany, offers to pay for his younger brother Azad to come and join him. Reluctantly Azad accepts his brother's offer, and makes the long journey from his poverty-stricken home...  more »

     
?

Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Erdal Celik, Xevat Gectan, Nurretin Celik, Bulent Buyukasik, Xhiljona Ndoja
Director: Yilmaz Arslan
Creators: Jean-François Hensgens, Yilmaz Arslan, Donato Rotunno, Eddy Géradon-Luyckx, Eric Tavitian, Felix Sorger
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama
Studio: KOCH LORBER FILMS
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/13/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 32min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: German, Kurdish, Turkish
Subtitles: English

Similar Movies

Journey to the Sun
Director: Yesim Ustaoglu
?
   NR   2004   1hr 44min
Edge of Heaven
Director: Fatih Akin
5
   UR   2008   1hr 56min
Kilometre Zero
Director: Hiner Saleem
?
   UR   2008   1hr 26min
The Class
Entre Les Murs
Director: Laurent Cantet
7
   PG-13   2009   2hr 8min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Swindled
Ws Sub Dts
5
   NR   2006   1hr 47min
   
The Cider House Rules
Miramax Collector's Series
Director: Lasse Hallström
   PG-13   2000   2hr 6min
   
Traffic
Director: Steven Soderbergh
   R   2001   2hr 27min
   
Taboo
Director: Max Makowski
   R   2003   1hr 20min
   
Love Comes to the Executioner
4
   R   2006   1hr 30min
   
Children of Men
Widescreen Edition
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
   R   2007   1hr 49min
   
Dirty Sanchez -- UNRATED
8
   UR   2007   1hr 36min
   
Frozen River
Director: Courtney Hunt
   R   2009   1hr 37min
   
How to Be
Director: Oliver Irving
   UR   2009   1hr 25min
   
 

Movie Reviews

Heartbreaking social document
Roland E. Zwick | Valencia, Ca USA | 02/24/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"****1/2

"Fratricide" is a grimly depressing but utterly compelling tale of a lad who leaves his home in Kurdistan to make a better life for himself in Germany. But the life of an immigrant is never an easy one, and Azad has to face not only prejudice and grinding poverty in his new home, but an older brother who makes his living as a pimp, as well as a couple of Turkish hoodlums who clearly have it out for him (the long-running ethnic rivalry between the Turks and the Kurds serves as an integral part of the story`s background). Though street smart and savvy, Azad also has a tender side, as exemplified by his paternalistic devotion to a young orphan named Ibo whom he takes under his wing. Azad also operates within a strict code of moral rectitude, as demonstrated by the fact that he refuses to accept the "tainted" money his brother offers to send back home to their parents. A gruesome and unexpected killing a third of the way through the movie becomes the catalyst for the heartbreaking chain of events that ensues.

Turkish filmmaker Yilmaz Arslan spares us none of the grim realities that people like Azad and Ibo face on a daily basis just trying to keep alive in a challenging and hostile world. Yet, Arslan balances his scenes of tremendous brutality with moments of heart-wrenching tenderness and warmth. The movie never feels forced or contrived as it paints a bitterly realistic portrait of life on the streets for these two young boys. Arslan is helped immeasurably by the superbly naturalistic and wholly believable performances he's been able to draw from his two lead actors, Erdal Celik and Xevat Gectan. In fact, there is nothing less than a superb performance throughout the entire film.

The movie hits on such important themes as nationalism, family loyalty, vengeance, and the truth that violence in the name of honor and ethnic pride only begets more violence, in an ever intensifying and self-perpetuating cycle. Azad is faced with any number of moral dilemmas throughout the course of the film, yet although he tries to break away from the darker side of his upbringing and past, he finds he can never fully free himself from those ethnic rituals of honor and revenge that define who he is.

"Fratricide" is not always an easy movie to watch, but it is an unforgettable experience for those who can take it straight."