The edge of Heaven

The edge of Heaven

DVD - 2008 | German
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Six characters are drawn together by circumstances - an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women falling in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together.
Publisher: [United States] : Strand Releasing, 2008
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE EDGE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Unrated-R)(116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Auf der Anderen Seite
Notes: Title from publisher's webpage
Originally released as a motion picture in 2007
Features: The making of The edge of heaven ; original theatrical trailer ; trailers from other films by Fatih Akin ; trailers from other films from Strand Releasing


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Aug 18, 2018

A brilliant production; beautiful work; outstanding acting - - script excellent, the editing ingenious - - Chekov's "gun"

Dec 28, 2017

This title is, 'The Edge of Heaven', but wiki has Auf der anderen Seite, literally On the Other Side. A O Scott ended his review 'By the end you know the characters in it so well that you can’t believe you’ve seen the movie only once, yet on a second viewing it seems completely new. And that may be because the world they inhabit is immediately recognizable — until we get to heaven, it’s where we live — and like no place you’ve been before.' I found the strange mixed with the familiar here, and plenty of reason to stay interested to the end. There does seem to be a movement towards heaven, right up to the edge of it. Hanna Schygulla disoriented me; I only realized who she was reading the wiki piece.

Oct 09, 2017

It reminded me of old French movies. Interesting from an artistic point of view with little substance to them. The characters were lacking in depth. Recommended for a wet and lonely day with a good drink in hand. Not a movie I would rave about. Sorry.

May 18, 2017

Personally I found myself thinking, "Yet another movie with no point to it,
where everyone just misses eachother by minutes. How unoriginal. "

Jul 06, 2015

Interesting setting in Turkish enclave in Bremen, Germany - and great material in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dec 20, 2014

A delicately layered tale employing a talented international cast with action that alternates seamlessly between Germany and Turkey. We are presented with separate storylines superimposed upon one another.....the Turkish prostitute working in Germany and worrying about her daughter back home; the aging pensioner who falls in love with her; the aforementioned daughter who heads to Germany to find her mother (and escape the authorities who want to question her regarding her radical politics); and Lotte, the German girl who befriends the daughter much to the dismay of her own right-leaning mother. Avoiding an overt political agenda, the director instead gives us a rich human story filled with sad ironies and occasional flashes of redemption. It is a story in which random acts of kindness can lead to tragedy, and forgiveness can be found in the most unexpected places. The final scene at the edge of a sunlit sea approaches cinematic perfection.

Sep 06, 2014

A wonderful and powerful film from Germany and Turkey. Excellent cast and moving performances.
. Should have won an Oscar.

Apr 05, 2014

I loved this movie, watched it twice,

Oct 23, 2012

This film by German director Fatih Akin is a cross-culture product and shot at locations in both Germany and Turkey. It is a film that explores human relationship - father and son, mother and daughter, and lovers. Pace is fairly slow most of the time. It is an interesting drama with an exotic twist. I find it very enjoyable.

btmslt Sep 28, 2012

An interesting film about a variety of characters. The drawback to the film is that it leaves too many answered questions about what happens to some of the characters.

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