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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.

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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 ... 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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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:

$14,257, 25 May 2008

Gross USA:

$742,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,804,565
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Dolby Digital EX

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Most of the police officers in the film are real. See more »

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In the movie, police officials are shown in the Pasakapisi Prison. Indeed, in Turkey the prisons are guarded and controlled not by the police but by the "prison guards" and the gendarme. 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

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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Referenced in At the Movies: Summer Special 2008/09 (2008) See more »

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Heyamo
Written and Performed by Birol Topaloglu
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Interesting to compare this with Alan Parker's Midnight Express
6 May 2009 | by rowmorgSee all my reviews

Two gifted film-makers working 30 years apart, giving two contrasting impressions of Turkey.

In 'Edge of Heaven', Turkey is modernised, and the typical European thinks that "everything will be alright when Turkey joins the European Union". Yes, there are hungry and criminal Kurdish children, and access to free literacy and tertiary education is restricted, which is why the rebellious Communist woman gets into trouble. But the general impression is that Turkey is a functioning democracy that comes down hard on armed insurrectionists --- and who wouldn't?

In 'Midnight Express' (the title refers to escape as the only way out of prison), Turkey is a dysfunctional "land of pigs" where the justice system is totally corrupt and the prisons are medieval hell-holes into which people are thrown never to emerge, and where uniformed psychopaths have free rein to torture, rape and exploit.

Is it not ironic that Midnight Express, which caused a sensation when released in 1978, was an Anglo-US attack on sordid justice, and 30 years later it is the Anglo-US axis which brought us Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, rendition and waterboarding?

It would be interesting to know what kind of film Alan Parker would make about Turkish prisons today. The Kurdish minority is treated badly in Turkey and there are probably horrid stories of injustice to be told, but would anyone in the USA be interested in a mistreated Kurd, as opposed to a sandy-haired white boy from Long Island? To be fair, Edge of Heaven is as much about Germany as Turkey, and its presentation of Turks is three-dimensional. But to view this film alongside Midnight Express reminds us how much of film is hidden propaganda.


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