The title Forty Square Meters of Germany refers to the shabby apartment where 90% of the film takes place. Ozay Fecht stars in this emotionally-charged drama as an impressionable Turkish girl named Turna, who is taken in by the tall tales spun by migrant worker Dursun (played by Yaman Okay), whom she marries and follows to Germany. But the young bride’s hopes for a better life in Germany are abruptly dashed.
Dursun gets a job in a German factory and on his first working day after Turna moves in, he walks out of their apartment and locks the door behind him. The message is clear — good brides do not leave the four walls. Turna spends her time scrubbing, washing clothes, doing dishes, cooking, cleaning, and sometimes staring out the window onto a small courtyard. The occasional smile of a neighbor child or the sounds of other people’s lives are her only contact with Germany. But none of this prepares her for an unexpected jolt waiting just around the corner…