Saturday, 15 October 2011

Yasamin Kiyisinda - The edge of heaven

2007 by Fatih Akin

I would have never looked for this movie if not for Soul Kitchen. It looks very simple, how one movie leads to another, very interesting and special I would say. Some times the director of a movie leads me to his other movies and some times its the actors. I am glad, I can keep finding new movies without any break.

Ali, an old Turkish immigrant living in Germany meets a whore, Yeter, and ask her to live with him, for a pay. His son Nejat, a University professor, even before he can air his opinion about the situation, has to take Ali to hospital, because of a heart attack. He softens up to Yeter, when he comes to know that she has a girl in Turkey for whom she lives for. Ali accidently kills Yeter and Nejat wants to find and help Yeter's daughter in Turkey. This takes him to Turkey. At the same time, Yeter's daughter Ayten is part of a Turkish resistance group and has to flee Turkey, to Germany. She meets Lotte, a university student, and soon they have a great relationship. 

It is really impossible to explain all the feelings we go through while watching this movie. Of course, not with my writing inabilities. What a great movie, which is more like two or three stories running at the same time.

A brilliant script in fact, in which all these main characters who are in search for the other, Nejat for Ayten, Ayten for Yeter, and even the later searches by Lotte and her mother , all cris cross at some point, but without any knowledge of the others, except us the viewer.

Simply put, this is a truly brilliant movie which tells us so many stories of so many interesting and different characters, all in a single story. Everybody, Ali, Nejat, Yeter, Ayten, Lotte and her mother, all remain etched in front of our eyes, long after the movie is over.

The script is brilliant, but the director is superbly brilliant. I understand why many people consider Fatih Akin as one of the most promising director in Europe. Brilliant cinematography too, yet another example of shooting without telling the presence of the camera.

The movie has dialogues in both Turkish and German, as the story happens in both nations. I thought its mostly Turkish. Whatever, language doesnt matter for cinema, is quite a sentence, watching this movie.