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The Edge of Heaven (2007)

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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.

Director:

Fatih Akin

Writer:

Fatih Akin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baki Davrak ... Nejat / Ali's son
Nurgül Yesilçay ... Ayten / Yeter's daughter
Tuncel Kurtiz ... Ali / Nejat's father
Nursel Köse ... Yeter / Ayten's mother-Prostitute
Patrycia Ziolkowska Patrycia Ziolkowska ... Lotte / Ayten's lesbian friend
Hanna Schygulla ... Susanne / Lotte's mother
Idil Üner Idil Üner ... Ärztin / doctor
Erkan Can ... Ufuk / Nejat's cousin
Turgay Tanülkü Turgay Tanülkü ... Cem
Elcim Eroglu Elcim Eroglu ... Elcim
Nurten Güner Nurten Güner ... Nurten
Asuman Altinay Asuman Altinay ... Türkan
Gökhan Kiraç Gökhan Kiraç ... Junger Polizeibeamter / Younger police officer
Nejat Isler ... Kommissar / inspector
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Markus / Buchhandlung Inhaber / bookstore owner
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Turkey | Italy

Language:

German | Turkish | English

Release Date:

27 September 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Edge of Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Bremen, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,593, 25 May 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$741,283, 12 October 2008
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The second entry in a proposed trilogy entitled "Liebe, Tod und Teufel" ("Love, Death and the Devil"). "Gegen die Wand" ("Head-On") was the first. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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

Towards the end of the credits, details about the book Nejat gives to his father are given (it's a Turkish translation of "Die Tochter des Schmieds" by Selim Özdogan) with a request to read it: "Lest dieses Buch, Leute!" ("Read this book, people!") Selim Özdogan is a friend of Fatih Akin. See more »

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Featured in Fatih Akin - Tagebuch eines Filmreisenden (2007) See more »

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Road to the Funeral
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Everything will become alright because you are joining the EU.
14 April 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Considered one of the best films of last year, it won 19 awards, primarily for writer/direct Faith Akin's screenplay.

It had some standout performances, especially from Tuncel Kurtiz as the drunken father Ali who manages to kill his live-in lover, Nursel Köse, in a drunken rage. She won a Turkish Golden Orange for her performance. Hanna Schygulla, who has won many awards, also got one from the National Film Critics for this one.

After her death, with his father in prison, the son Nejat (Baki Davrak) goes to Turkey to find the daughter Ayten (Nurgül Yesilçay). He runs smack dab into the Kurdish problem. As he is looking for her, she heads to Germany to find her mother.

She meets Charlotte (Patrycia Ziolkowska), who brings her home, much to Mommy's (Schygulla) dismay. After Ayten is arrested and deported back to Turkey, Charlotte follows. That loving between them must have been really special.

Now two people are in Turkey looking to see her. I am curious how they will hook up, as I am sure they will.

A casket left Germany for Turkey, now a casket leaves Turkey for Germany.

Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, Germans and Turks, they all find that maybe they are not so different and there is room for them to come together. They share sorrows and find similarities. It is a beautiful story told in a way that captivates you.


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