Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side)
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Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side)
The winner of the Best Screenplay award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, director Fatih Akin's deeply humanistic, multi-layered drama follows the stories of six people -- four Turks and two Germans -- as they realize the meaning of love while facing the harsh realities of the world we live in. Nejat is a second-generation Turkish immigrant living in Germany. His father Ali is a retired widower. When lonely Ali invites pretty prostitute Yeter to move in with him, Nejat makes no attempt to mask his disapproval. Nejat's opinion of Yeter begins to soften a bit, however, when he learns… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

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"What we don't suspect, going in, is that a film of such plain-speaking admonitions can exploit the element of surprise. Yet this heartfelt and precisely assembled drama does just that."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"The Edge of Heaven explores topics as varied as the tensions that accompany multiculturalism and globalization to the simpler human drama of how individuals cope with losses for which they bear a portion of the responsibility."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"True to its title, The Edge of Heaven hangs uneasily between two spheres."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It isn't enough for director and writer Fatih Akin to show that we're all only a few degrees from each other across countries; rather, he's also interested in the level of connectedness."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"Intricate emotionally as well as in narrative terms, poignant but not mawkish, and told in an austerely compelling style, this is a wise and absorbing drama."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Propelled by the beautiful camerawork and scenery that moves back and forth between pastoral idyll and urban chaos as it takes the viewer on a journey that ends with a final image as quiet and beautiful as any in recent cinema."
‑ Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News
"The care that Akin expends on his people is skimped in the structure of his screenplay."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"Hanna Schygulla cuts through platitudes with a privately fierce, graceful sense of spiritual space"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"[It's] a much-needed maturation of the Babel/Crash formula but also fails to rattle your bones the way those movies did. Pick your poison, I suppose."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"A transcendent film experience."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Loneliness, loss and capricious love guide the fortunes of three families in this powerful, beautifully realized drama by German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"In a single two-hour film, Akin strikes the notes of emotional distress, geographical dissonance, generational discord, and nearly divine convergence that Kieslowski orchestrated over nearly six hours."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Un drama sobre encuentros y desencuentros, azar y fatalidad, entre Alemania y Turquía. No carece de interés, pero le falta rigurosidad dramática."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"He [director Fatih Akin] makes the random moments and chance encounters of life seem both utterly unpredictable and completely inevitable."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"This is a movie that was pretty involving, which makes me all the more frustrated that it just ends without any closure. Sometimes it works in movies, but here it would have helped to have the story fully completed."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine

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