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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nejat Aksu
Gürsoy Gemec ... Sohn des Tankstelleninhabers
Cengiz Daner ... Tankstelleninhaber
... Ali Aksu
... Yeter Öztürk
... Ayten Öztürk
Idil Üner ... Ärztin
... Cousin Ufuk
Turgay Tanülkü ... Cem
Elcim Eroglu ... Elcim
Nurten Güner ... Nurten
Asuman Altinay ... Türkan
Gökhan Kiraç ... Junger Polizeibeamter
... Kommissar
Lars Rudolph ... Herr Obermüller
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,593, 25 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$741,283, 12 October 2008
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When the film was released to UK cinemas on the 22nd February 2008, it simultaneously became available on Sky Box Office, the UK's major cable TV provider. This represented the first time such a release took place, opening up new possibilities for foreign language films - which traditionally have problems getting distribution - to be seen by bigger audiences. See more »

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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 »

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

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Koupes - I'll Smash Glasses
Performed by Shantel
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Faith Akin, poet of the sadness and is becoming a master
15 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

After seeing his film Duvara Karsi (Gegen die Wand), I made a personal decide : I must see all his films before I die. Now, I believe that my last experience with "Auf Der anderen Seite" proved that I'm right with my decision. What I like to see in his films is hearing and seeing the love from different angle. Sadness is a way to understand the value of the love and he is showing us that in his own style. Even I stay against some of the characters, in my personal opinion, he tries to tell us that when you match with life and being wanted, being needed, all other constitutions and formations are nothing! He also uses and mentions Turkiye's crossing to a new looking and new thinking. His bridge between two cultures is so strong and this story could not be filmed by any other director. Excellent work and a must see.


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