This Week’s Recommendation: The Edge of Heaven

27 Nov 2020 - 3 Dec 2020

This week's recommendation

The Edge of Heaven 


2007, 122 mins. Turkish/German/English  language

Directed by Fatih Akin

The Edge of Heaven was the fourth ranked film of Season 46, with an approval rating of 85%.

Fatih Akin, who both wrote and directed The Edge of Heaven, won the prize for best screenplay at Cannes in 2007.  His film is divided into three parts, the first two of which introduce separate sets of characters, while the third brings the threads of the stories together.

The film displays the tension between Akin’s Germany, and Turkey, where Akin’s parents were born, showing the gulf between the first and second-generation Turkish-Germans, and the conflicts about their identity and their relation with the old country.

The narrative is built around a series of accidents, chance encounters and missed encounters. That compassion does not always come easily or express itself clearly is one of the director's central insights. He is generous with his characters, even at their worst, but he also regards them with a measure of detachment as their good intentions go astray and their bad impulses bear terrible fruit. Similarly, while he is acutely aware of viciousness, injustice and hypocrisy in both Turkey and Germany, his camera absorbs the authentic beauty in both countries, from Bremen to Istanbul and to the hillsides and fishing villages of the Black Sea coast.

Full film notes are available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune -

The Edge of Heaven does not appear to be available to be streamed but the disc is available from Amazon and others.

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