the edge of heaven

A film by Fatih Akin

Cast: Baki Davrak, Gürsoy Gemec, Cengiz Daner

English title: The edge of heaven. 

How I am going to explain this great film here it goes. The edge of Heaven is not about the story it is about the characters but the characters never link they lack of information and I like it that way. It is a beautiful story well written and directed by Fatih Akin.

There is an old man named Ali (Tuncel Kurtiz) in Bremen, Germany. He is from Turkey. he has a Je ne sais quoi about him with their smile that makes you will like him. He is retired and has a hobbit to see prostitute which brings me to this  middle-age Turkish woman named Yeter (Nursel Kose), who works from the doorway of a brothel. Yeter is warned by a  a group of Turkish men, who assume she is Muslim, and tell her they will kill her unless she quits the business. Ali makes her an offer: He will pay her to move in with him on a permanent basis, of course in exchange for company and sex. She accepts. Here is a spoiler alert i have no choice. She was heartbroken because her daughter, Ayten (Nurgul Yesilcay), had been long out of touch with her. Peter dies because Ali in a druken rage hits her and she dies. Yeter’s body is shipped back to Istanbul, where we meet Nejat (Baki Davrak), Ali’s son. Nejat is a professor at a German university, but makes it his business to track down Yeter’s daughter. Somehow  he moves back to Istanbul and buys a German-language bookstore from a man who is homesick for Germany. The story goes back and forth from Germany to Turkey. The daughter of Yeter is in some kind a trouble and meets somebody who helps her. That is all I am going to say.


Hanna Schygulla is a pleasure to watch in 2007 she was 65. She was the vixen back in her young days but now she at 65 no plastic surgery a little plum does a well job to be the mother of Lotte the soft-spoken woman the forgiving type well you have to see the film. Surely some combination of these people will discover how they are connected? But they never do. Here Akin gets us to know the characters and to sympathize with them. You do not have a villain in this film, you have the Turkish government doing their thing a woman who join the cause and on the other side Germany where an old man gone to prison he is just an old man who got drunk and kill the woman but no in purpose.They just got on with their lives, and their lives got on with them, all the time swimming in the seas of two different cultures. Now if the 5 characters found themselves connected you would have a different story. We are human being the majority good people who makes mistakes in ours lives. We are connected for the most part but sometimes we are not.

The Edge of Heaven


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