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  • Summary: Nejat initially disapproves of his widower father Ali`s choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But the young professor warms to her when he learns that most of her hard-earned money is sent home to Turkey for her daughter’s university studies. After Yeter`s accidental death, 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, much to the displeasure of her conservative mother, Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Passionate Lotte abandons everything to help Ayten. A tragic event brings Susanne to Istanbul to help fulfill her daughter`s mission. (Strand Releasing)
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    The best approach is to begin with the characters, because the wonderful, sad, touching The Edge of Heaven is more about its characters than about its story
  2. 100
    Though I love McCarthy's movie, The Edge of Heaven - with its virtuoso narrative and frames packed to bursting with unruly life - has the potency of "The Visitor" squared.
  3. 91
    Akin is German-born but of Turkish heritage, and his films have often been concerned with the particular clashes and conflicts between those cultures. This film, though, does so in a much more oblique way than 2004's "Head-On."
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Akin achieves a peaceful balance here –- alongside the death and seemingly senseless tragedy, there’s also a kind of reassuring equilibrium.
  5. The director, who also wrote the script, achieves a keen-eyed view of the Turkish expatriates in this film while sustaining his remarkable ability to make them universal.
  6. It's a vivid ensemble experience, and the acting is wonderful.
  7. Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel," this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling.

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  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. SM
    Dec 31, 2008
    You won't regret watching this. Promise!!
  2. FreddyL
    Jan 19, 2009
    While I was bothered by the "see how it all fits together" narrative in other films, such as "Crash", and "Babel", here it works out well, in an impressive and very moving film. Expand
  3. Aug 25, 2011
    what can i say about this movie .whether its music or cinematography or acting or editing .everything in the movie is top notch.the theme of the movie forgiveness is very divine. fatih akin handles this multidimensional subject with great care and it surpasses the film babel in one way 'simplicity' Expand
  4. RobertI.
    Jun 21, 2008
    Intertwining of people and places, with verisimilitude in the weaving, mixing human dignity and decency and desire. All that's missing is a gifted cinematographic eye, which would have raised the scenes to a 10. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2013
    German director, Fatih Akin, explores relationships between national people from Germany and immigrant people from Turkey (most immigrant people in Germany is from Turkey). Reasoning is word most useful for this film. Akin shows us a direct question to us and he shows his particular vision about Turkish-German people in present. Beautiful film. Expand
  6. Angie
    Nov 30, 2008
    While this movie may have got me thinking about, well, stuff, I didn't really enjoy it. I found the acting to be very good, but I didn't care for the meandering, situational storyline. That's just me. Expand
  7. Tram
    Oct 27, 2008
    Cultures clash and then heal by film's end. Awfully heavy-handed allegory of EU-Turkey relations. Very disappointing, in light of Akin's previous effort, Head-On (2001) - a far more honest melodrama. Expand

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