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Edge of Heaven

The Edge of Heaven

4.3 3
Director: Fatih Akin

Cast: Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Nursel Köse

The winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, director Fatih Akin's deeply humanistic, multi-layered drama follows the stories of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- as they realize the meaning of love while facing the harsh realities of the world we live in. Nejat is a second-generation Turkish immigrant


The winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, director Fatih Akin's deeply humanistic, multi-layered drama follows the stories of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- as they realize the meaning of love while facing the harsh realities of the world we live in. Nejat is a second-generation Turkish immigrant living in Germany. His father Ali is a retired widower. When lonely Ali invites pretty prostitute Yeter to move in with him, Nejat makes no attempt to mask his disapproval. Nejat's opinion of Yeter begins to soften a bit, however, when he learns that she regularly sends tuition money to her daughter Ayten in Turkey. Suddenly, Yeter is dead, the unfortunate victim of Ali's violent temper. In the wake of Yeter's death, Nejat is determined to do the right thing for Ayten, and prepares to travel to Turkey to find the girl. But Ayten is a political activist who has recently fled from Turkey to Germany, where she befriended a German student named Lotte. Lotte's conservative mother Susanne isn't comfortable with her daughter's decision to invite a fugitive to live with their family, and when Ayten is arrested by German police and deported back to Turkey, the rebellious daughter rejects her mother and sets out in search of her friend. Later, in Istanbul, Nejat and Lotte are brought together by fate and Susanne is prompted to reexamine her values while searching for her daughter and being confronted with life on the other side.

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Hailed worldwide as one of the most accomplished releases of 2007 and/or 2008, depending on a particular country's release date, The Edge of Heaven is kind of a geographically compressed version of Babel. But writer-director Fatih Akin conveys his message more convincingly than Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu, taking a relatively simple series of intertwined stories and extracting a universal statement on how much people's differences should mean, how much they actually do mean, and the impact of random events on both. What makes The Edge of Heaven sing is that it doesn't get weighed down by Akin's political ambitions. By limiting the central characters to a half-dozen, Akin can spend enough time with each to transform them into real people, not just symbols of the points he's trying to make. This may lead his screenplay off on tangents that go beyond the core essentials of the plot, but these provide the dimension his characters need to connect with the audience. Without putting too fine a point on it, the localized political conflicts of Germans and Turks serve as effective stand-ins for the more prominent contemporary skirmishes Akin encompasses in his themes. What stands out are the unlikely bonds people forge by looking past the obvious defining labels, such as academic, prostitute, terrorist, and mother, and seeing the range of a person's potential. Or when they simply meet on an unspoken level that never introduces such labels in the first place. The Edge of Heaven contains the full spectrum of life's sudden detours, aching low points, destabilizing epiphanies, and open wounds that are utterly uncinematic in their lack of resolution. It closes with a man staring out at the sea, a single-image metaphor for all the emotional and intellectual searching contained within.

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Strand Home Video
[Wide Screen]
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Special Features

The Making Of "The Edge of Heaven"; Original Theatrical Trailer; Other Strand Releasing Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Baki Davrak Nejat Aksu
Tuncel Kurtiz Ali Aksu
Nursel Köse Yeter Ozturk
Nurgul Yesilcay Ayten Ozturk
Hanna Schygulla Susanne Staub
Patrycia Ziolkowska Lotte Staub

Technical Credits
Fatih Akin Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ali Akdeniz Co-producer
Monique Akin Casting
Katrin Aschendorf Costumes/Costume Designer
Ayse Barim Consultant/advisor
Andrew D. Bird Editor
Richard Borowski Sound/Sound Designer
Sirma Bradley Art Director
Paolo Colombo Associate Producer
Alberto Fanni Associate Producer
Rainer Klausmann Cinematographer
Joerg Krieger Sound/Sound Designer
Tamo Kunz Art Director
Kai Lüde Sound/Sound Designer
Klaus Maeck Producer
Funda Odemis Co-producer
Erhan Özogul Co-producer
Daniel Schröder Makeup
Shantel Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Andreas Thiel Producer
Flaminio Zadra Associate Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Edge of Heaven
1. Yeter's Death [11:01]
2. Repent! [16:23]
3. Looking for Ayten [11:49]
4. Lotte's Death [3:43]
5. Untimely Intoxication [11:05]
6. Passion & Globalization [8:58]
7. Asylum [7:26]
8. Life Has a Purpose [8:25]
9. Hidden Gun [6:42]
10. The Edge of Heaven [6:06]
11. Salute to Death [2:38]
12. Credits [15:04]


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The Edge of Heaven 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Grady1GH More than 1 year ago
THE EDGE OF HEAVEN (AUF DER ANDEREN SEITE) is a superb piece of writing by writer/director Fatih Akin - a study essentially about family fragility and strength as heightened by the immigrant struggles that both bond and divide. It is an intelligent film, well acted, and presented in a challenging manner that defines it as an art film of the first order.

We are given three families to inspect, families whose paths cross not only by coincidence by also by a common 'border' between Germany and Turkey - a division that provides not only tension and emphasis in separation and communication flaws in relationships, but also allows the sensitive cinematographer the opportunity to contrast the dark German portions with the hot light of the Turkish segments.

The film opens innocently enough with a scene where young professor Nejat (Baki Davrak), a Turkish immigrant teaching in Germany, stops for gas - an ordinary event in life that will be recapitulated at movie's close. Nejat's elderly father Ali Aksu (Yuncel Kurtiz) wanders the red light district and encounters a Turkish immigrant hooker Yeter (Nusel Kose) whom he invites to come live with him for the same money that she would make in prostitution. The home setting (Nejat, Ali, Yeter) is flawed and at the moment of dissolution Yeter dies accidentally during an altercation with Ali. Ali is jailed and Nejat feels compelled to go to Istanbul to find and assist Yeter's daughter. Meanwhile Yeter's daughter Ayten (Nurgut Yesilcay) is participating in anti government demonstrations and manages to flee to Germany to find her mother and is befriended by Lotte (Patrycia Ziokowska), a student whose mother Susanne (Hanna Schygulla) disapproves of Lotte's relationship with Ayten. Ayten is forced to flee to Istanbul, Lotte follows and tragedy occurs. In a manner of twists and turns and fast-forwards and reflective moments the three families (Nejat/Ali, Yeter/Ayten, and Susanne/Lotte) intersect, always propelled by the need for acceptance and love and succor.

The levels of interpretation are many and writer/director Fatih Akin serves them well. The superb cinematography is in the masterful hands of Rainer Klausmann and the musical score is enhanced by recordings of a late Turkish artist as integrated by composer Shantel . This is a stunning, fast paced, emotionally involving film filled with pleas of understanding of many problems that daily call for our attention. In Turkish, German an English with subtitles. Grady Harp
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