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Auf der anderen Seite 2007

Critics score:
89 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post: The Edge of Heaven is the movie Babel so badly wanted to be. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: In the course of the extraordinary film The Edge of Heaven children are lost, lost parents are never found, and generational and geographical distances grow wider. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: An exquisitely mysterious feature by the German-born Turkish filmmaker Fatih Akin. Read more

Noel Murray, AV Club: The Edge Of Heaven's final part is less spectacular by design, and feels a little forced at times, but Akin's multigenerational cast helps give the story a touching sense of perspective. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: In a single two-hour film, Akin strikes the notes of emotional distress, geographical dissonance, generational discord, and nearly divine convergence that Kieslowski orchestrated over nearly six hours. Read more

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times: It's a beautiful, unexpectedly enrapturing story about a world in transition and both the closeness and unbridgeable divide between generations and cultures. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: The film has a bit of the overdetermined, cosmic-coincidence quality you find, for example, in a work like Babel. These are troubled people caught in the grip of fate, yet Akin, I think, has the skill and the insight to make do with a little less p Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: What we don't suspect, going in, is that a film of such plain-speaking admonitions can exploit the element of surprise. Yet this heartfelt and precisely assembled drama does just that. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Powerful, sexually graphic drama. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: A stirring drama of frayed nationality and hungry connection. Read more

Tom Maurstad, Dallas Morning News: Propelled by the beautiful camerawork and scenery that moves back and forth between pastoral idyll and urban chaos as it takes the viewer on a journey that ends with a final image as quiet and beautiful as any in recent cinema. Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker: The Edge of Heaven is about something more exasperating than crossed paths; it is about paths that almost cross but don't, and the tragedy of the near-miss. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: Like a more personal, less pretentious version of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, this spiraling dissection of circumstance, choice and fate is more about thoroughness of vision than tricky storytelling. Read more

V.A. Musetto, New York Post: All too often, films about interconnected lives stumble under the weight of coincidences. Not The Edge of Heaven. Akin, who also scripted, is too savvy to let that happen. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: The Edge of Heaven is a film to be seen, savored and thoughtfully appreciated. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The Edge of Heaven explores topics as varied as the tensions that accompany multiculturalism and globalization to the simpler human drama of how individuals cope with losses for which they bear a portion of the responsibility. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Akin's purpose, I think, is a simple one: He wants us to meet these people, know them, sympathize with them....I found them fascinating. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Loneliness, loss and capricious love guide the fortunes of three families in this powerful, beautifully realized drama by German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin. Read more

Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: A near-perfect tangle of poignant allusions. Read more

Philip Marchand, Toronto Star: As a director [Akin] is clearly a humanist, championing the virtues of forgiveness and relying on strong narrative and deep sympathy for his characters to drive his movies. Read more

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Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic: The care that Akin expends on his people is skimped in the structure of his screenplay. Read more

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Derek Elley, Variety: The point at which a good director crosses the career bridge to become a substantial international talent is vividly clear in The Edge of Heaven, an utterly assured, profoundly moving fifth feature by Fatih Akin. Read more

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Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice: If the united Europe aspires to compete with America globally, this is good news -- they've found their own Paul Haggis! Read more