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The Edge of Heaven (2007)

Auf der anderen Seite (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 27 September 2007 (Germany)
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A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

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Fatih Akin

Writer:

Fatih Akin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baki Davrak ... Nejat / Ali's son
Nurgül Yesilçay ... Ayten / Yeter's daughter
Tuncel Kurtiz ... Ali / Nejat's father
Nursel Köse ... Yeter / Ayten's mother-Prostitute
Patrycia Ziolkowska Patrycia Ziolkowska ... Lotte / Ayten's lesbian friend
Hanna Schygulla ... Susanne / Lotte's mother
Idil Üner Idil Üner ... Ärztin / doctor
Erkan Can ... Ufuk / Nejat's cousin
Turgay Tanülkü Turgay Tanülkü ... Cem
Elcim Eroglu Elcim Eroglu ... Elcim
Nurten Güner Nurten Güner ... Nurten
Asuman Altinay Asuman Altinay ... Türkan
Gökhan Kiraç Gökhan Kiraç ... Junger Polizeibeamter / Younger police officer
Nejat Isler ... Kommissar / inspector
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Markus / Buchhandlung Inhaber / bookstore owner
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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Turkey | Italy

Language:

German | Turkish | English

Release Date:

27 September 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Edge of Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Bremen, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,593, 25 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$741,283, 12 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nurgül Yesilçay - who is a big star in her native Turkey - had doubts about taking on the part of Ayten as she wasn't sure how audiences would react to seeing her as a revolutionary lesbian. See more »

Goofs

In the movie, police officials are shown in the Pasakapisi Prison. Indeed, in Turkey the prisons are guarded and controlled not by the police but by the "prison guards" and the gendarme. 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 »

Connections

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

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Pietons
Performed by Binder-Hostettler Duo [Karin Binder & Christian Hostettler] / Binder & Krieglstein aka Rainer Binder Krieglstein and Shantel
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Once every few years, a film this touching comes along
22 July 2008 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

I usually comment on films right after I've seen them. However, "Auf der anderen Seite" (The Edge of Heaven), touched me in a way that few films do, so a month has passed.

This story of two sets of mothers and daughters, a father and his son...and a gun seems familiar, but its resolution is anything but. To lay out the plot would be daunting. So much ground is covered, yet it unfolds effortlessly. F a t i h Akin's screenplay is elliptical--the story starts where it finishes--but by the end, when the opening scene is replayed, our journey with these characters puts us, indeed, on the edge of transcendence.

Amid the desperation on display, small details brim over the images: a son waters his father's tomato plants pausing to taste the ripened fruit, a mother pits cherries that stain her fingers, another manicures her nails to avoid a quarrel, we imagine a bookstore's--specifically a German language bookstore in Istanbul--smell and the safety it can bring to a foreigner.... These domestic details are set against much larger, although finally insignificant, struggles: the cultural divide of immigrants, students revolting against an oppressive government, how imprisonment can deaden the soul. But F a t i h Akin wants the basic struggles of family bonds to be central here. It's the resolution of family rifts--small and large, emotional and physical--that are urgent.

The choice of settings, music, lighting... all carefully selected to build toward one moment that catches us off guard. When a foreigner asks "What is Kurban Bayrami?" (a Turkish holiday) the many seemingly disparate elements that we've been watching--in good faith because they're so rivetingly told--suddenly come together, it almost knocked the breath out of me.

Whether or not we as viewers have lost a father or mother or a child, through death, physical separation or emotional turmoil, we can understand what these characters suffer. And how all that can be healed—the willingness to have faith that good intentions can mend this troubled world—is something like a miracle to find illustrated on film. The weapons these characters lay down to pursue goodness don't necessarily have the effect they intend, but as we watch lives torn apart and then healed we see what they don't. And we carry that lesson out of theater with us.


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