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Short Sharp Shock
Short Sharp Shock
3,172 Ratings


Gabriel, Bobby and Costa are old friends from Altona, a multicultural hood in Hamburg. Just out of prison, Gabriel wants to turn his back on crime, but the others continue to operate as petty criminals. Friendships are tested as the trio navigate a dark world of mafia bosses and deals gone wrong.

Our take

Credited with ushering in a new era of multicultural German filmmaking, Fatih Akin’s vital debut is as tonally volatile as a classic Scorsese gangster film. Loving family celebrations are juxtaposed with dangerous underground deeds, weaving a vibrant and complex tapestry of immigrant life in Hamburg