When We Leave (Die Fremde) Synopsis
A young Turkish woman fights for self-determination and independence from her family .
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Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
Aladag's point, I think, is that no matter how righteous we may feel about this kind of zero-sum cultural collision, for the human beings...
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83

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
When We Leave is a film without villains. Instead, it features a set of circumstances that inevitably and needlessly spin out of control.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This melodrama about spousal abuse and honor killings might be too grim to bear, but Kekilli keeps it centered.
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70

Village Voice

By Nick Pinkerton
Kekilli, more than an unofficial spokeswoman for rebellious Euro-Muslim youth, sells a simple and deterministic story through her sheer...
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70

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
It is frequently gripping and sincere in its intentions, but never quite as revelatory, or as devastating, as it should be.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
As powerful as the movie is, it stays on the outside of a culture looking in.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Kekilli sensitively portrays Umay's conflicted despair, and the relationship with her son is beautifully rendered.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
A doleful melodrama. There are some intense, moving sequences, but too much emotional badgering and a general shortage of finesse.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
Kekilli delivers a perfectly tuned performance. Too bad the script is often clunky and melodramatic, as the first-time director,...
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40

Time Out New York

By Keith Uhlich
The film has the look of unflinching truth, yet it too often feels like a calculated ploy to stoke viewers' liberal-guilty consciences.
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Die Fremde

By belmonte5
Shocking culttural insight...

When We Leave (Die Fremde) - excellent

By stettin
Moving, Compelling, Excellent...

Gripping and moving story about a woman's struggle for freedom and her love for a son.

By jasonchang17
I saw this movie at SIFF last year and it was hands down, one of the top 3 movies I have ever seen! I'm not a big crier and I cried BOTH times I saw this movie last year during the festival. See this...