A German film with English subtitles. Following his mother’s death, Thomas (Benno Fürmann), a former soldier who has been dishonorably discharged from the army, returns to his hometown. One night, Thomas meets Ali (Hilmi Sözer), a Turkish immigrant who owns a chain of snack bars in the area. Always suspicious of the people who work for him, Ali takes an unusual liking to Thomas. He trusts him and offers him a job as his driver and assistant. Laura (Nina Hoss) is Ali’s restless, beautiful wife. She treats Thomas coolly, almost disdainfully. He’s the driver her husband has chosen to befriend. And her husband is merely the man she kisses goodbye in the morning – a man who becomes frantic when he can’t reach her on her cell phone. Thomas notices Laura and Ali’s strained relationship. One day, the three of them head to the beach. Thomas sits next to Laura, while Ali dances, drunken and absentmindedly, to the notes of a Turkish tune, unknowingly setting in motion a series of events that will change the course of their lives

~ by gabtor on May 15, 2009.

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