A number of people started comparing The Edge of Heaven to Babel/Crash and other vertebrate type storylines alike. And even though there is a structural resemblance, the director Akin, a prodigy of immigration himself, makes a movie oozing nostalgia for home; in one thread home is the love of one's life, in another it is the country of origin, in the other one the bosom of a woman & in another belonging to a cause.
this movie made me homesick for a land that isn't my own: how do I make myself comfortable on the other side? this was my first Fatih Akin movie but it won't be my last. One of the most sensual, warm movies I've seen in a long time.
An exceptional 3 act script from director Fatih Akin resulted in one of his most celebrated films which included a win for best script at Cannes '07. Casting is also very strong throughout with its mix of Turkish and German performers. A moving and mature work that never gives in to cliché or forced catharsis.
The intersecting storyline is practically a genre of it's own at this point and this is a solid entry. The first part is by far the weakest, it takes about a good half hour for the film to really take off. Also, the death of the prostitute was abrupt and quite unbelievable.
A well told story with great characterization. I love how the fate of each character is very sudden and never contrived. Perhaps it was too simplistic for me as I wasn't smitten with Fatih Akin's movie as much as the writing yet I appreciate how earnest it was.
I look forward to seeing HEAD ON.