Writer/director Fatih Akin connects the lives of six people in a complicated plot beginning with an old man hiring a prostitute and ending with long scene of a man sitting on a beach.
What seems like an innocent action here and there push characters that need to meet each other closer together.
Similar acts keep them apart.
Though deliberately telegraphing key plot points, much of the intrigue is found in the clever and often-ironic ways Akin solves complex problems.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Not rated probably R for violence, mature themes. It plays Friday only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8 p.m.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself