The Edge of Heaven - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Nejat initially disapproves of his widower father Ali's choice of prostitute Yeter for a live-in girlfriend. But the young professor warms to her when he learns that most of her hard-earned money is sent home to Turkey for her daughter's university studies. After Yeter's accidental death, Nejat travels to Istanbul to search for Yeter's daughter Ayten. Political activist Ayten has fled the Turkish police and is already in Germany. She is befriended by a young woman, Lotte, who invites rebellious Ayten to stay in her home, much to the displeasure of her conservative mother, Susanne. When Ayten is arrested and her asylum plea denied, she is deported and imprisoned in Turkey. Passionate Lotte abandons everything to help Ayten. A tragic event brings Susanne to Istanbul to help fulfill her daughter's mission.
As a slightly morbid investigation of East-West culture clashes and the reconnection and adaptation of human relationships that surround loss and disappointment, The Edge of Heaven succeeds. It is structurally similar to the template made successful by Mexico's Alejandro González Iñárritu, but drawn in on a much smaller scale, keeping the story bound by Turkey and Germany. There is a stark realism to the relationships, which are never embellished or contrived for incongruous emotional impact. They exist believably, which is impressive considering the subtle balance created through a story of conveniently intersecting lives.
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