Auf der Anderen Seite (The Edge of Heaven) (On the Other Side) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2014
Much like one of Fassbinder's great ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
True to its title, The Edge of Heaven hangs uneasily between two spheres.
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 25, 2009
Hanna Schygulla cuts through platitudes with a privately fierce, graceful sense of spiritual space
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
August 2, 2009
Un drama sobre encuentros y desencuentros, azar y fatalidad, entre Alemania y Turquía. No carece de interés, pero le falta rigurosidad dramática.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 9, 2009
It isn't enough for director and writer Fatih Akin to show that we're all only a few degrees from each other across countries; rather, he's also interested in the level of connectedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
September 19, 2008
[It's] a much-needed maturation of the Babel/Crash formula but also fails to rattle your bones the way those movies did. Pick your poison, I suppose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
September 5, 2008
He [director Fatih Akin] makes the random moments and chance encounters of life seem both utterly unpredictable and completely inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: a-
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
September 5, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
September 5, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 2, 2008
Intricate emotionally as well as in narrative terms, poignant but not mawkish, and told in an austerely compelling style, this is a wise and absorbing drama.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 22, 2008
A transcendent film experience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4A
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 19, 2008
This is a movie that was pretty involving, which makes me all the more frustrated that it just ends without any closure. Sometimes it works in movies, but here it would have helped to have the story fully completed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 15, 2008
The actors, except for Schygulla, are unknown - and they bring an air of weary authenticity to their roles.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 15, 2008
What Akin says about parent-child relationships is perceptive, and the cast is very good.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 14, 2008
Akin doesn't hide the fatal destinies of major characters... but it's the lives of the survivors and how they choose to carry on that carry these crisscrossing stories.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 8, 2008
The year's most moving film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 8, 2008
Loneliness, loss and capricious love guide the fortunes of three families in this powerful, beautifully realized drama by German-Turkish writer/director Fatih Akin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
August 8, 2008
[A] superb film about the eternal pull of family.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 31, 2008
...eventually you can't help but wonder if these poor folks are being tossed about by the capricious winds of fate -- or just jerked around by an ambitious young screenwriter.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 31, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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