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2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
Ali Aksu (Tuncel Kurtiz) takes a Turkish prostitute, Yeter (Nursel Köse), into his German apartment to protect her in spite of his disapproving son, Nejat (Baki Davrak). When Yeter dies in an altercation with Ali, Nejat goes to find her daughter in Istanbul. Ayten, Yeter's daughter, escapes from Turkey when her political activism threatens her life. In Germany, she falls for a girl, Lotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska), who follows her to Istanbul when she is deported.

Cast: Nurgül Yesilçay , Baki Davrak , Tuncel Kurtiz , Hanna Schygulla , Nursel Köse , Patrycia Ziolkowska , Gürsoy Gemec , Gengiz Daner

Director: Fatih Akin

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Strand

The Edge of Heaven (Auf der anderen Seite) (2007)

Release Date: May 21st, 2008|2 hr. 2 min.

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critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The experience of seeing this film is cumulative, sober and profound. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Mr. Akin's film is so full of life that it leaves you breathless. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    The movie is near-perfect, suspenseful, heart-breaking, profound. show more

  • June 29, 2008 D28drk
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    My friend and I went to see The Edge of Heaven because of the excellent reviews. I was disappointed. On the positive side were the acting and characterization, the cinematography, and the score. There were a number of reasons why I felt disappointed. Hope, forgiveness, redemption, does not have to come as the result of trauma, in this case death. Other movies and books have handled this theme without the need to resort to the violent death of characters. I also felt the movie tried to handle too many different themes, cultural similarities and differences, parental relationships, anger, frustration, tolerance, and religious. I also do not like movies going from past, to present, to past. I have seen to many movies recently that use this technique and although I comprehend it , I think sometimes these different methods are used more as a contrivance for critics and moviegoers to feel a deeper appreciation of the film and the creativity of the director and writer. I will say in conclusion that these are personal observations and it should not prevent others from seeing this superbly acted movie and form their own opinion.

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