Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Edge of Heaven

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The Edge of Heaven is a tragic geopolitical tale constructed of coincidences and missed connections that starts when Ali, an elderly Turkish widower, accidentally kills his prostitute-girlfriend. His mild-mannered son Nejat then travels to Istanbul in search of the woman's daughter Nejat. Little does he know that Nejat, a Kurdish political activist, has fled to Germany in search of her mother, where she is rescued by Lotte, a guileless German woman who becomes her lover, much to the disdain of her strict German mother. The only language Nejat and Lotte share is English, so we even get a reprieve from subtitles (who knew English would become the new Esperanto!?!) The characters' lives intersect unexpectedly and intensely. And if you are knowledgeable about European politics there is another whole subtext to the movie. This is one of the best films I have seen all year. The UK trailer is below.

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eli said...

I loved this one, too. I saw it at Frameline Festival last year. gorgeous.