Almanya tells the story of a Turkish family living in Germany for three generations now who follow the wish of the grandfather and travel back to the homeland for the very first time. But their turbulent travels take an unexpected turn…
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I wouldn't have picked this if I had to choose, and I would have been wrong: this is a lovely, inventive, funny, moving and constantly involving family story. A feel-good movie that never feels formulaic or artificial in spite of using all tricks of the trade and then some more. An ensemble piece overall, but Vedat Erincin is an outstanding protagonist.
(...) Almanya ist randvoll mit Episoden und Beobachtungen, wie "multikulti" 2011 in Deutschland aussieht. Angeblich gibt es das ja gar nicht mehr bzw. scheiterte das "Experiment" bereits. Ein dummer Gedanke, da wir es schliesslich nicht mit einer Laborsituation zu tun haben, in der Ratten vorgegebene Aufgaben lösen müssen(...)
There are times and places where immigrants are welcomed. Even, then immigration is difficult. "Almnaya" explores, with tenderness, compassion, and a great deal of humor the experiences of one immigrant family who, even after nearly half a century, are still working out their places in the world. The youngsters' perceptions of people in their new home and the religion practiced there are priceless.
A wonderful drama that captures perfectly the spirit of Turkish emigrants in Germany, their traditional differences and the subtle humor within it. A fell-good movie about heritage and intercultural family life.