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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlo Ljubek ... Ismail
Jerry Hoffmann Jerry Hoffmann ... Sammi (as Jeremias Acheampong)
Maryam Zaree Maryam Zaree ... Maryam
Marija Skaricic ... Leyla
Sergej Moya ... Daniel
Vedat Erincin Vedat Erincin ... Vedat
Anne Ratte-Polle ... Sarah
Nora Rim Abdel-Maksoud Nora Rim Abdel-Maksoud ... Renan (as Nora Abdel-Maksoud)
Burak Yigit Burak Yigit ... Sinan
Yolette Thomas Yolette Thomas ... Amira
Alexandros Gehrckens Alexandros Gehrckens ... Kinay
Nizam Namidar Nizam Namidar ... Ünel
Gerdy Zint Gerdy Zint ... Rainer
Ivan Anderson Ivan Anderson ... Defne (as Ivan Subay)
Javeh Asefdjah Javeh Asefdjah ... Cemre


The fates of three German-born Muslims in Berlin collide as they struggle to find their place between faith and modern life in contemporary western society, caught at a crossroads where alluring liberated lifestyles conflict with deeply-rooted traditions. Written by Leif Alexis

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German | English | Turkish

Release Date:

30 September 2010 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Himmelsleiter See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Not bad, but far from the best in its kind
18 April 2011 | by LazySodSee all my reviews

This film deals with the religious believes of people (in this case Muslims and their believe in Islam) and how far they want to take it, how they decide to live their religion. The story follows a group of people, some of them related, and the way they deal with their every day life in combination with their religion. It follows them through difficult choices, through the turning points between being the person they are by nature or being the person their belief expects them to be.

In effect it is a drama like many religion based dramas before it. The choice for Islam is in that respect no different than the choice for any other kind of religion - they all feature the line between fundamentalism and an "open relation" with who or what you might believe in and the laws dictated by that religion through its holy books.

It isn't bad - not at all. It just isn't good. Films like Go With Peace Jamil, Gegen Die Wand and even Ae Fond Kiss deal with many of the same parts and are a fair deal better. I can't put a strict finger on the why of it - this film just misses some of their strength.

6 out of 10 broken dreams

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