If you're not familiar with Fatih Akin, it is probably because you haven't seen Head-On, which made waves in 2004. The film is about an older, drug addicted man who tries to commit suicide, and a young woman who tries to kill herself to get free of her family's oppressive beliefs. They meet, and ultimately marry to be "roommates," so that she can live the life she dreamed of. Unfortunately, that's far from the end of either person's troubles. The film might not be first on the list for smiles, but it won the FIPRESCI Prize and Golden Bear at Berlin, as well as two European Film Awards -- the Audience Award for Best Director and the top prize -- Best Film.

Akin is back with another somber tale that Variety has just given rave reviews to -- The Edge of Heaven. This time around, Akin wrote a story about a Hamburg professor, Nejat, who takes a Turkish prostitute named Yeter off the streets by proposing that she move in with him, and he will match her income. She also has a 27-year-old daughter, Ayten, who is a political activist who has no idea about her mother's life. A cheery upper of a film like Head-On, the film is broken down into two tragedy's -- the death of Yeter (mentioned in the opening title) and the death of Lotte (Ayten's eventual lover).

While the subject matter isn't bright and bushy-tailed, Variety's response is all sorts of glowing. "Akin doesn't try to hide the plot's coincidences or Swiss watch-like precision, which is given human resonance by the flawless playing of the six leads." Even with the ominous warnings of death, the mag describes Akin's style as a "long-burn approach [that] packs a considerable emotional wallop in a quiet, inclusive way." Variety also says the film is "the point at which a good director crosses the career bridge to become a substantial international talent." If that's the case, at least one part of New York, I Love You should be stellar.
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