Sunday, January 4, 2009

The Edge of Heaven

2007 Turkey/Germany/Italy

When his father (Tuncel Kurtiz) accidentally kills a prostitute (Nursel Koese), Nejat (Baki Davrak) seeks out the woman's 27-year-old daughter, Ayten (Nurgul Yesilcay), to make amends. Nejat focuses his search in Turkey, but Ayten, part of a closely scrutinized activist group, has already fled to Germany. Lives intersect in unexpected ways in writer-director Fatih Akin's multilayered drama.

A perfectly knitted sociopolitical commentary on 3 families intersecting lives. In vein of Alejandro González Iñárritu's style of connecting people together in interesting ways through dramatic story telling, Akin definitely has cast searing talent who really bring realistic human interaction to a film.
How the camera dances and the direction of each scene is set up aesthetically pleasing to the eye, from The Black Sea and it's beaches to Istanbul and/or Hamburg's charming cultural backdrops. The film is told in three portions, the first two parts are the deaths of two characters explaining how the 3rd part begins and comes to be. Just over two hours, the movie's pace is reset as each story ends and the next chapter begins. That technique really keeps a movie interesting where it's strength is dialog acted right. Tragedy turns to enlightenment as each separate character comes together teaching one another some very subtle yet vital lesson about one another and their lives.

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