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The Edge of Heaven (2007)

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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

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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

Most of the police officers in the film are real. 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

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 »

Connections

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

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Ta Travudia
Music by Rootsman aka John Bolloten
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Moving, Timely, Intelligent Look into the Turkish-German Meld
18 July 2009 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Edge of Heaven

This is such a powerful, expansive, yet intimate movie about one of the things that matters most in our times, it's hard to fault it. The acting, the events, the setting, and implications of all these characters meeting and not quite meeting, suck you in. If it seems to have a lull now and then, you end up feeling the pace of their lives, and the pace of life itself. The events, even when they have a comic twist, are so heady and difficult they could make whole films each by themselves, but here they work through several related sections within a single tapestry.

As strong as the acting is, the core of the movie is the series of events, the plot. You'll see early on some coincidences beyond reason, making the plot almost Shakespearean, and therefore artful. The roles are each character are just a little surprising, just enough to keep us curious, yet each character represents a distinctive aspect of the crosscurrents of German and Turkish cultures and worlds, such as old people assimilating and young people refusing to assimilate. Even more than the mixing of Mexican and American worlds here in the U.S., this is a dramatic and more contentious melding, fraught with all those dangers of misunderstanding we hear in the news every day. Yet when it's brought down to the level of individuals, even seemingly unyielding ones, humanity wins.

I don't know how this film will carry itself in a couple decades. As well made as it is, it feels rooted in the moment, and when the times change yet again, there might be some kind of art or magic or transcendence missing to make it fully transport a viewer. It will remain interesting, but possibly less moving. But then, maybe the themes, of parents and children, of friends looking for who they miss and avoiding who they can't stand any more, might just be universal. But as a reflection of our world right now, 2009 (or 2007, when the movie was finished), it helped clarify just what life is like out there, beyond cinematic glitter and glam, beyond hyped up violence and romance. And beyond even the limitations of documentary in creating aura.

The Edge of Heaven happens to end with such lyrical highs, the name of the movie hits you hard. We are reminded of what exists beyond all the trappings that made so many people in the previous two hours so miserable, and it's there for us to tap into and to have in common, regardless.


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