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The Edge of Heaven (2007)
"Auf der anderen Seite" (original title)

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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baki Davrak ...
Nejat Aksu
Gürsoy Gemec ...
Sohn des Tankstelleninhabers
Gengiz Daner ...
Tankstelleninhaber
Tuncel Kurtiz ...
Ali Aksu
Nursel Köse ...
Yeter Öztürk
Nurgül Yesilçay ...
Ayten Öztürk
Idil Üner ...
Ärztin
...
Cousin Ufuk
Turgay Tanülkü ...
Cem
Elcim Eroglu ...
Elcim
Nurten Güner ...
Nurten
Asuman Altinay ...
Türkan
Gökhan Kirac ...
Junger Polizeibeamter
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Kommissar
Lars Rudolph ...
Herr Obermüller
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Storyline

Nejat seems disapproving about his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But he grows fond of her when he discovers she sends money home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. Yeter's sudden death distances father and son. Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, a gesture not particularly pleasing to her conservative mother Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea is denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Lotte travels to Turkey,where she gets caught up in the seemingly hopeless situation of freeing Ayten. Written by omayra73@yahoo.com

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27 September 2007 (Germany)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$18,593 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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$741,283 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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Trivia

The role of Ali was written specially for veteran Turkish actor Tuncel Kurtiz. See more »

Goofs

In the film, the year is 2006 and it is the Festival of Sacrifices (Kurban Bayrami), a religious holiday. Everybody is in summer clothes and many of them are sweating. The Festival of Sacrifices in 2006 in Turkey was in winter, at the end of December. See more »

Quotes

story: After telling the story of Abraham that was willing to sacrifice his son, Ismael, to show God his obedience. Before Abraham could slay his son God sent a lamb to sacrifice instead.
Nejat Aksu: I asked my dad if he would have sacrificed me as well.
Susanne Staub: And what did he say?
Nejat Aksu: That he would even make an enemy of God to protect me.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title appears twice: in the middle of the film at 1 hour 25 mins and after the end credits. See more »

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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet In G Minor
/ "Polonaise in G-Minor"
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, arranged and performed by John Bullard
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Beautiful, great , would have deserved Palme d'or
17 April 2008 | by (Constanta,Romania) – See all my reviews

I don't really want to be polemic right now, because this movie invaded me with such a elevated state of spirit and emotions that I just want to say good things. But I cannot help myself and assert openly that this film was much more compelling, emotionally charging, smart, vast, wide and deep , than the winner at the Cannes Film Festival, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days. Faith Akin, whom first much lauded feature Gegen Die Wand I didn't like at all(i found it intoxicatingly loud, shaky and in a way polluted) has just hit the jackpot with this gem of a movie. Of course not the jackpot for money but for artistic value. Just go and see this movie, it's gonna be worth every second you spend in front of the screen. It will make you cry (and laugh sometimes), but it will elevate your state of mind and melt the tension within yourself.


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