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Film / Bonnie & Bonnie

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Yara, a young German woman from an Albanian Muslim family, runs into Kiki by playing a prank, and finds herself slowly drawn toward her. Even as their romance blossoms however Yara's father is arranging a marriage for her. In defiance of this, the couple run off together with the police and Yara's brother Bekim pursuing them.


  • Ambiguously Bi: Yara rejects the term "lesbian" for herself, but doesn't seem sure of what her sexuality is after being with a woman, though she adds that it doesn't matter as well.
  • Arranged Marriage: Yara is facing this while she falls for Kiki, to her dismay.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Kiki dies, but Yara didn't have to do more than a year in prison apparently. She's seen at a place Kiki liked a year later.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Kiki, after being injured and afraid she'll slow down Yara from escaping, tells her to go while claiming she doesn't really love her. Yara refuses to believe it however, staying with her.
  • Bury Your Gays: Kiki is shot dead by the police toward the end, as it looks like she's about to shoot Bekim.
  • Closet Gay: Yara is closeted in regards to her attraction for women (or at least Kiki) until she's forcibly outed, because of her homophobic family.
  • Closet Key: Yara doesn't seem to have been attracted by women before meeting Kiki.
  • Culture Clash: Yara is like most German young people, wearing skimpy clothes, partying and loves to do hip-hop, things which her conservative Muslim father would not like. This is even before she's started to date a woman.
  • Forbidden Love: Yara's relationship with another woman is condemned by her Muslim family and the wider community.
  • Forced Out of the Closet: Yara's secret relationship with Kiki is discovered by someone else, then disclosed to her very disapproving brother.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Yara's father and brother react badly to her being with a woman, saying that she's shamed them (a video of the pair topless ended up on Youtube). Kiki's boss also fires her, saying as a lesbian she's "scum", and also refuses to give her her last pay.
  • I Have No Son!: Yara's older sister Leyla was disowned for marrying someone whom her father didn't approve of (implied to be a non-Muslim) and moved away. Her sister resents her "abandoning" them though Yara comes to understand after doing much the same thing over her forbidden love for Kiki.
  • Instant Humiliation Just Add Youtube: Yara and Kiki are filmed while fighting with Bekim, Yara's brother, topless in Kiki's room. It's put on Youtube, with thousands viewing it.
  • Masculine–Feminine Gay Couple: Kiki is short-haired and somewhat tomboyish. Yara is long-haired and more girly.
  • Missing Mom: Yara's mother apparently died, since she's not around in the present.
  • One Head Taller: Kiki is about this much taller than Yara, as particularly seen when they kiss and are up close together.
  • Out of the Closet, Into the Fire: After her relationship with Kiki gets disclosed to Yara's brother, Yara is coerced into an arranged marriage by her father, and has to run away to escape this.
  • Queer Romance: The story of two young German woman, Yara and Kiki, falling in love and running away together, defying the wishes of Yara's family.
  • Secret Relationship: Yara keeps her relationship with Kiki secret, knowing it would be condemned by her Muslim family and community as they're both women.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: As Yara and Kiki start to have sex, the scene fades away to afterward with them lying on the bed together.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Yara and Kiki can't openly be together, since Yara's family doesn't approve of her being with a woman. They run away together, but sadly Kiki is killed.
  • Tap on the Head: Kiki twice breaks things over men's heads, and they're barely affected, only briefly falling before getting up again.
  • Title Drop: The German press dubs Yara and Kiki this after they go on the lam in the film's final act, in a take off from the notorious American outlaw couple.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Bekim hits Kiki without hesitation.