Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side)
Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) (2007)

Fatih Akin's second feature, the drama The Edge of Heaven, concerns a man named Ali and his son, a German teacher, who decide to move in with Yeter, a prostitute who sells her body in order to help pay for her daughter's college… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 23, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Evocative and complex, this story of struggling immigrants in Germany will stay with you after you leave the theater.

Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle

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.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Much like one of Fassbinder's great ones.

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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News

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.

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic

The care that Akin expends on his people is skimped in the structure of his screenplay.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

True to its title, The Edge of Heaven hangs uneasily between two spheres.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Loneliness, loss and capricious love guide the fortunes of three families in this powerful, beautifully realized drama by German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Fernando F. Croce

Hanna Schygulla cuts through platitudes with a privately fierce, graceful sense of spiritual space

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
William Dunmyer
[size=3]"The Edge of Heaven" is a magical film that must be seen. It didn't receive a strong distribution deal in the United States (big… More
John Ballantine
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! One of the highlights for me of last year's Film Festival. Relationships...the ones we choose and the ones we fall into.
Gordon Anderson
Gorgeously shot tale with sumptuous locations and a pleasing symmetry to the narrative. A variety of atypical actors and scenarios give it a real freshness.
Nicolas Korovessis
A number of people started comparing The Edge of Heaven to Babel/Crash and other vertebrate type storylines alike. And even though there is a structural… More
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Starting with a brief prelude at a gas station in Turkey, "The Edge of Heaven" is an exquisite movie that unfolds in three… More
Quinto Wallight
There are three very good stories to tell here, but the problem is they each deserved their own movie because as it is none of them feel fully realized; the… More

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