The Edge of Heaven

Synopsis & Film Details

In a Turkish enclave in Bremen, patriarchal widower Ali brings home Yeter, a local prostitute, to tend to his domestic needs. Yeter is saving money to finance her daughter Ayten’s college education in Turkey. When Yeter is accidentally killed, Ali’s son Nejat heads to Turkey to find Ayten, who unbeknownst to him, has embarked on her own rebellious journey to Germany. Multi-layered and poignant, THE EDGE OF HEAVEN delves into German-Turkish relations and the age-old generational divide. Winner of the Best Screenplay in the Cannes Film Festival 2007. Directed by Fatih Akin (Head-On, Crossing the Bridge: The Sound of Istanbul).

Directed by Fatih Akin
Germany/Turkey, 2008
In German/Turkish/English, with English subtitles
122 minutes, NR


Critic Reviews

THE EDGE OF HEAVEN is the movie BABEL so badly wanted to be.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
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It’s a beautiful, unexpectedly enrapturing story about a world in transition and both the closeness and unbridgeable divide between generations and cultures.

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
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THE EDGE OF HEAVEN is the movie BABEL so badly wanted to be.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
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