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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
Cengiz Daner ...
Tankstelleninhaber
Tuncel Kurtiz ...
Ali Aksu
Nursel Köse ...
Yeter Öztürk
Nurgül Yesilçay ...
Ayten Öztürk
Idil Üner ...
Ärztin
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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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$18,593 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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

A whole subplot of Baki Davrak's character meeting an old flame and rekindling their romance was excised as it slowed the film down. See more »

Goofs

When the Lotte is driving through Bremen, she passes a bus in which Jeter (Jessy) and Baki were sitting after visiting Baki's father in the hospital. The first time we see them sitting in the bus, they are sitting together in the same seat. When Lotte passes the bus, they are sitting opposite of each other. See more »

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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

Before the credits start to roll, there's a dedication to producer and actor Andreas Thiel, who died in Istanbul shortly before filming was finished. See more »

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Featured in Fatih Akin - Tagebuch eines Filmreisenden (2007) See more »

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Kasap Havasi (Butcher's Air)
Traditional, arranged by Selim Sesler
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People are more alike than they often realize
3 March 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Faith Akin, renowned for his energetic movie 'Gegen die Wand', brings another story about the Turkish-German community. The movie focuses on three families who are all connected in some way. In a beautiful way Akin shows the struggle of a Turkish prostitute, a professor of German literature, a young Turkish rebel, a student English and Spanish and a retired widower to find peace and happiness in their lives. Akin manages to avoid the many pitfalls which can lead to clichés. The characters remain just ordinary people with genuine emotions and problems. The movie also depicts the impact of globalization and multiculturalism in nowadays Germany and Turkey. It's the most debated topic of our time. To what extent do we want newcomers to adapt to their new surroundings and to what extent do we accept them to cherish their own cultural heritage. In an even broader perspective, it deals with the clash between the Islamic and western world. 'Auf der anderen Seite', which means on the other side, shows how Turkish immigrants come to love their new country, Germany, without losing their Turkish roots. I think Akin invites us to try and imagine the backgrounds of people, so there will be less misunderstanding. This view is symbolized by Lotte, a German student, who decides to help Ayten, a Turkish political activist who fled Turkey. She doesn't know the Turkish girl but just wants to help her, because the girl has nowhere to go. This quest even brings her to the shores of Istanbul, a city where East meets West in the most literal way.

In the end, 'Auf der anderen Seite' is a story of love and hope which is most endearing and sheds a refreshing light on the global trend of clashing cultures. Any one who is interested in these topics and just loves a very well made movie, ought see this German-Turkish production!


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