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A 2017 German drama, the film opens with Nuri Şekerci (Numan Acar), a Kurd from Turkey in Germany, being released from prison upon completing a four year sentence for drug dealing, then marrying his girlfriend Katja (Diane Kruger). The couple are shown together years later with their son Rocco, and living happily. Sadly, their family's domestic bliss is then tragically shattered when a bomb rips apart Nuri's office in a predominantly Turkish section of Hamburg, killing both him and Rocco. A devastated Katja reels from her great loss and struggles to deal with it, growing intent on insuring the murderers pay for their crime no matter what.


  • Courtroom Drama: Much of the film involves André and Edda Möller's trial for murdering Katja's family.
  • Death of a Child: Katja and Nuri's son Rocco, six years old, is killed along with Nuri. This clearly affects Katja's actions even more than Nuri's death, and she spends her last scene before the end reminiscing about him via a video she has on her phone.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Katja suffers this twice. First, when her family is murdered. After the police fail to find their murderers, she decides to end her life. Then, while doing so, she's interrupted by a phone call telling her they were caught, so Katja saves herself. However, they are acquitted, so she gets this again. She then decides to simply kill them, along with herself, clearly not wanting to live anymore.
  • Downer Ending: Katja, having her last hope dashed as the murderers of her family are acquitted, goes after them herself. She makes a bomb, killing them and herself with it.
  • Driven to Suicide: Katja attempts suicide initially in despair over her husband and son dying without justice, after the investigators can't find the murderers. She stops herself after they do arrest them. However, after they're acquitted, she again decides to kill herself-along with the murderers. With a bomb she made, Katja does so.
  • Hope Spot: Just when Katja has chosen to die in sorrow over her husband and son dying without their murderers ever found, she gets a call about the police arresting them. However, they're acquitted in their trial, dashing her hope. She decides to kill both of them, and herself.
  • Interrupted Suicide: Katja cuts her wrists in the bathtub while depressed over the deaths of her husband and son. She binds them up after hearing a phone message her lawyer Danilo left telling her their murderers were arrested however.
  • Intimate Marks: Katja gets an extensive tattoo done underneath her breasts, on the right side of her torso. It was begun before her family were killed, and she gets this finished after.
  • Karmic Death: Katja kills both her family's murderers using an improvised bomb, the same means they used, along with herself.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. Katja and Samia discuss their menstruation, with the latter saying hers has come back after she stopped breastfeeding. However, Katja has not menstruated since her family were killed. Later though her period comes back unexpectedly.
  • Not Proven: André and Edda Möller's trial ends in their acquittals, because the judges find there's enough reasonable doubt that it's required. The chief judge however is explicit that they do not believe either is innocent.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: Katja suffers this as her six year old son Rocco's murdered in a bombing with her husband. It's clearly his death that especially pushes her over the edge.
  • Reformed Criminal: Nuri was imprisoned for drug dealing, and even met Katja this way in college, by selling her cannabis. However, after he serves four years in prison, his first move is to get into legitimate businesses after marrying Katja. It's indicated his income was more than officially declared though, possibly subverting it.
  • Revenge: Katja sets out to get this after her family's murderers are acquitted.
  • Suicide Attack: In the finale, Katja kills herself and the murderers of her family using a homemade bomb.
  • Time Skip: After the opening where Nuri is released from prison and married Katja, there is a break of around seven years, as they now have a six year old son.
  • Taking You with Me: Katja decides to do this with her family's murderers, killing herself and them with a homemade bomb.
  • Vigilante Man: After her family's murderers are acquitted, Katja decides to kill both of them.
  • Western Terrorists: A Neo-Nazi couple bombed Nuri's office, killing him and his son, simply for being of foreign ancestry. Their action is based on that of the real NSU, National Socialist Underground, who committed multiple bombings and murders during the 2000s in Germany, specifically the 2004 Cologne Bombing.