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Edge Of Heaven [DVD]

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  • Actors: Nursel Kose, Baki Davrak
  • Directors: Fatih Akin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Turkish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun. 2008
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015FWJLC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,608 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The destinies of six characters are bound together by fate in this gripping and moving feature from acclaimed director Fatih Akin (Head On, Crossing the Bridge). The story begins as widower Ali seeks out companionship with the prostitute Yeter, setting in motion a chain of events that will link three families across different cultures, countries and generations. Skilfully constructed and brilliantly played by an outstanding cast, The Edge of Heaven is an ambitious and compelling tale of tragedy, betrayal, persecution and redemption. Extras: Theatrical Trailer / 'Diary of a Traveling Filmmaker' documentary / Interview with director Fatih Akin

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Glitteringly confident… intriguing, complex, beautifully acted & directed… like a very, very much better version of Babel --The Guardian

Superb… fascinating & inspiring --Empire

Captivating… passionate, ambitious & charismatically performed --The Daily Telegraph

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The Edge of Heaven, to give you it's correct title, is a film that has received a lot of attention from worldwide film buffs. What you have here is a film that explores identity in a world in which realisations come much too late but, God willing, come.

There are several characters in the film whose stories interconnect and whose lives directly or indirectly affect one another's. The German professor, his father, his father's girlfriend, his father's girlfriend's daughter, his father's girlfriend's daughter's girlfriend...you see where this is going, a domino-like effect in narration which builds up throughout the film.

The Edge of Heaven does not attempt to bash you over the head with its meaning. It takes its time to show you, to move you, and its cinematography is never anything less than beautiful. The actors do a good job (although the Turkish girl is slightly grating) and my personal favourite is the old man: bitter, independent and very much alive.

Comes highly recommended.

Bogdan Tiganov - author of The Wooden Tongue Speaks- Romanians: Contradictions & Realities
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Set in contemporary Germany and Turkey this is a fascinating, complex and poignant film involving six principal characters (two mothers, two daughters, a father and a son), some of whom meet and others who are separated by distance, time and circumstances. The narrative is non-linear and despite some blatantly contrived coincidences where the stories of the protagonists conveniently overlap the overall result is an intelligent, empathetic and contemplative exploration of identity. Each character is believable and flawed, making decisions and mistakes, living with regret and hope, making and missing connections and experiencing and surviving tragic unexpected events. As you would expect, the pace of the narrative is slow and compelling with the acting suitably understated and quietly powerful, while the cinematography effectively conveys a sense of place whether it is the urban bustle of Bremen and Istanbul or the rural idyll of Trabzon. This is an impressive film with an even more impressive ending.
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More than most contemporary movies is this a film that can be enjoyed by the most different audiences: young, old, high-brow, low-brow, those who like emotions, or action. It can be seen as mere entertainment, but also as a source of moral questions. More than once will things happen that run counter to our expectations - but the unexpected will never break the continuity. Germans and Turks will land in the countries of each other and (what is much more important) because of the most discrepant reasons.
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Yet another amazing film from Fatih Akin, one of the most interesting, talented film-makers working today. Its a moving, complex story of intersecting lives, violence, and politics in Germany and Turkey. Told with a complex, shifting time frame, there's almost a dark fable-like aspect to the constant missed connections between the characters that could provide salvation for all involved. And yet, within the darkness there is also hope. Perhaps nothing works out as it `should', but human hearts find a way to reach out none-the-less. A rich, wonderful, thoughtful and thought-provoking film.
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Clever and emotional film that relies on far too many coincidences to be completely convincing. However, the high quality of the acting makes it so compelling that you almost buy it.

An exercise in identity politics and the search for same in the context of contemporary European culture that never quite manages to get to the heart of this ongoing problem. Composed of abstractions made flesh, the characters never quite come alive since the story is not solidly-based on actual lived experience but rather more on theoretical propositions.

Having said that, the movie contains some of the very best European actors around – who never bore. It also requires a box of tissues despite the fact that the inter-titles tell you what is going to happen – and it is not pretty. This inherent lack of suspense makes this movie also an essay in tragic inevitability.
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Some movie experiences allow you take from them whatever you want. The Edge of Heaven is a film that allows you do to just that, a film that deals with either fate or coincidence, depending on how you want to look at it.
The film, written and directed by Fatih Akin, deals with the separate yet intertwined lives of a group of individuals as they fall in and out of each other's influence. Picking up with a rather straight forward assignation between ageing Turkish widower Ali (Tuncel Kurtiz) and Yeter (Nursel Kose), a Turkish prostitute, this unremarkable arrangement will have enormous ramifications for three different families. Both Ali and Yeter are displaced from their homeland and now find themselves living in Germany, and it is this sense of dislocation that initially drives Ali into Yeters arms. However, when Ali begins to fall for this woman much younger than him and suggests that she move in with him, things take an unexpected and tragic turn, an event that leads Ali's son Nejat (Baki Davrak) back to his homeland in search of someone he does not even know.
Alongside this story is the parallel but apparently separate story of Ayten (Nurgul Yesilcay), a young Turkish woman who flees her home country following a run in with the authorities (she is a political activist, although later in the film much of her politics is revealed to be simple posturing). Finding herself in Germany, she meets a young German student named Lotte (Yelda Reynaud), and the two women strike up a very physical relationship. When circumstance conspires to have Ayten returned to Turkey, Lotte is determined to help, something that will also have tragic consequences for these two.
The main crux of the film is how these two apparently separate stories intertwine across two continents, apparently at random.
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