I’ve watched this quite a few times in my German classes over the years, and I watched it this year as well. So I decided to write a short review on it. It’s not a bad film (and won an award or two) and really talks to the idea of fate/love and country relations. Coming from a German language background, the language isn’t too hard to translate, and a lot of the dialogue and subtitles are understandable across language barriers. This movie’s all about enjoying the ride and exploring the world, at least, it was for me.
In this simple road trip movie, Daniel (Moritz Bleibtreu, actor I’ve seen in Run, Lola, Run) is a teacher in training on his vacation before becoming a full-blown educator. One day, in what appears to be the bustling clamor of a gypsy market, Daniel comes across Juli (also known as Julia, played by Christiane Paul), a woman who at some point prior to the film fell in love with Daniel. If you believe in love at first sight, this plot becomes more plausible. But this is one of those loose, feel good plots that doesn’t really need you to pay attention all that much, it’s more about the ride than the destination.
So Juli give Daniel a ring with the emblem of the Sun engraved on it. She says to him that, if he comes across someone
with a similar symbol, he is destined to fall in love with that person. Juli thinks this will be her, sneaky wench that she is with her dreadlocks and such, but this backfires at the party she asks Daniel to attend later that night. A Turkish woman named Melek (Idil Uner, sorry, don’t know how to apply umlauts) who he spends the evening with. Distraught over her wicked plan not working, Juli hitchhikes with the first person she comes across on the Autobahn. It just so happens to be Daniel heading off to Istanbul to meet up with Melek.
With hi jinks and many other women in store for Daniel, this straight-edge teacher becomes enlightened in the world of drugs and other cultures. There’s some weed, some crazy Croatian (or something or another) woman who tricks him to get her hubby to steal his money, and lots of border patrol guards. In a world that cares about law and borders, this movie breaks those boundaries methodically with a small little Auto and two people destined to fall in love. It’s cool to know that in Europe, you can just head off on holiday wherever you can drive, and not end up in a Hostel type situation. I can breathe a sigh of relief. With that, this film is worth catching, if you can, because it is German/Turkish, and I’d rate it a 6.7 out of 10.