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  • Actors: Xevat Gectan, Erdal Celik, Bulent Buyukasik, Nurretin Celik, Yusef Geçtan
  • Directors: Yilmaz Arslan
  • Writers: Yilmaz Arslan
  • Producers: Yilmaz Arslan, Donato Rotunno, Eddy Géradon-Luyckx, Eric Tavitian, Felix Sorger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJTFZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,584 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 homeland. He moves in to an asylum for refugees where, amidst hopeless squalor he befriends Ibo, an eleven-year-old orphan, also Kurdish. A powerful and tender bond grows between the two boys, but the odds are against them.

Ahmet and Zeki are young second-generation Turks. Frustrated, unemployed, alienated from their heritage and with no place in German society, their anger simmers at fever pitch. Meanwhile, they devote themselves to petty crime and their savage pit bulls. When these four doomed exiles meet, their encounter unleashes a nightmarish cycle of violence they believed they had left behind.

Boasting astonishing performances from a largely non-professional cast, award-winning director Yilmaz Arslan's third feature is an explosive tale of desperate conflict and bloody revenge, a savage, furious, heartbreaking portrait of raw humanity struggling for safety, for dignity, for survival in the face of violence, exile and the brutal indifference of a society that wants no part of them.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on February 23, 2009
Format: DVD
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"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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2011
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A moving, well shot, well acted portrait of the desperation of being a Kurd trying to
earn a living in Germany.

Almost crossed over the line to 5 stars, but the villains were a bit too easy and one
note, and coincidence a bit too key to the story-telling.

A shy, inward young man travels west to meet his brother, and try to send money
home to his family, only to find his brother is now a pimp, and they are both caught
up in a blood feud with local Turk immigrants. At the same time, our main character
tries to shelter and take care of a young Kurdish boy who has lost his parents, and traveled
to Germany as an orphan.

Some of the violence is a little over-the-top, and you can feel your buttons being
pushed now and then, but it's always absorbing and involving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By arutnevs on April 14, 2012
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this movie is in the Kurmanji (Bedini) dialect, not Sorani. the story line is good, but sad. It shows the humanness that people have. My only dislike is that it is full of detailed scenes that are too bloody...
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This movie is a beautiful tragedy and a brilliant reminder of how trivial most of our "problems" really are. "Where should we dine? What shall I wear?"

How can I help people who need help?

On the bright side...the kid can really act! I would love to see how he develops as an actor.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By W. Day on October 16, 2007
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I didn't know what to expect when I selected this movie. The story was so compelling at times my heart broke for the characters and I would not watch but I had to see what would happen next. I strongly recommend seeing it. You must be warned that it is honestly brutal. The actors told a believable story.
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