Original title: Auf der anderen Seite
Director: Fatih Akin
Cast: Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nursel Köse
Germany - Turkey 2007 | Colour | 122 mins
Avaliable on: DVD
Retired widower Ali sees a solution to his loneliness when he meets prostitute Yeter, and he proposes that his fellow Turkish native live with him in exchange for a low rent. At first Ali’s German Professor son Nejat seems disapproving about his father’s choice, but the young professor quickly grows fond of kind Yeter, especially upon discovering most of her hard-earned money is sent home to Turkey for her daughter’s university studies. The accidental death of Yeter further distances father and son, both emotionally and physically. Nejat then decides to travel to Istanbul to begin an organized search for Yeter’s daughter Ayten. He decides to stay in Turkey and trades places with the owner of a German bookstore who goes home to Germany. What Nejat doesn’t know is that 20-something political activist Ayten is already in Germany, having fled the Turkish police.