Edge Of Heaven [DVD]
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Part of a fantastic trilogy about lives divided between the west and the east. Very naturalistic, compelling and moving. only hope part three is as good....Published 8 months ago by Simon Crutchley
interesting plot and it keeps you wondering about the sequence of eventsPublished 14 months ago by Brad
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a film about coincidence , how the smallest action can have the biggest effect on our lives . A film of laughter , love , loss and sadness . Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2012 by cartoon
One of the best films I have ever seen. A tragic story of love and intrigue worthy of Alfred Hitchcock, but with a sad ending.Published on 10 Dec. 2010 by Monkey Biz
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Grabs you by the seat of your pants and takes you
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