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The Edge of Heaven (2007)

Auf der anderen Seite (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 27 September 2007 (Germany)
A Turkish man travels to Istanbul to find the daughter of his father's former girlfriend.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Nejat Aksu
Gürsoy Gemec ...
Sohn des Tankstelleninhabers
Cengiz Daner ...
Tankstelleninhaber
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Ali Aksu
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Yeter Öztürk
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Ayten Öztürk
Idil Üner ...
Ärztin
Erkan Can ...
Cousin Ufuk
Turgay Tanülkü ...
Cem
Elcim Eroglu ...
Elcim
Nurten Güner ...
Nurten
Asuman Altinay ...
Türkan
Gökhan Kiraç ...
Junger Polizeibeamter
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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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$18,593 (USA) (23 May 2008)

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$741,283 (USA) (10 October 2008)
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Most of the police officers in the film are real. 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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Featured in Fatih Akin - Tagebuch eines Filmreisenden (2007) See more »

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Ben Seni Sevdigimi
Written by Maçkali Hasan Tunç
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Where is the edge of heaven?
11 May 2008 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

Auf der anderen Seite (2007), written and directed by Faith Akin, was shown in the U.S. with the title "The Edge of Heaven." This is a powerful and moving drama that interweaves the stories of six people--a father and son, and two mother-daughter pairs. The father and son are from Turkey, but live in Germany. At the outset of the movie, one of the mother- daughter pairs is separated, with the mother in Germany and the daughter in Turkey. The other mother-daughter pair are Germans living in Germany. By the end of the movie, for various reasons, each of the six has traveled from one country to the other.

Faith Akin, himself a German of Turkish heritage, obviously understands and is comfortable in both worlds. Some of the characters in the film make the transition from one culture to the other seamlessly, but some suffer from extreme culture shock, and all of them are changed.

The acting is uniformly excellent. I particularly admired Nurgül Yesilçay as a Turkish student and radical, and Patrycia Ziolkowska as the young German woman who befriends her. Fassbinder's muse, the incomparable Hanna Schygulla, has possibly the most difficult role of the six, and, as always, she is outstanding.

We saw that film at the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival, but it will work well on a small screen. This is an extraordinary film, and it's definitely worth finding and viewing.


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