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Movie Review: Edge of Heaven

Alternate Title: Lost and Found

Story: I loved this film. It had everything a cinephile like me looks for in a movie. The story was engrossing with overlapping story lines.The film is character driven and emotionally packed. The writing and acting were first rate and I cared about each character, regardless of their errors in judgment. This award winning film was written and directed by Fatih Akin and is in German, Turkish and English with English subtitles.

The story is divided into three parts with separate chapter headings. We are told which character will die before two of the chapters. This knowledge takes nothing away from the poignancy of the film. The audience, actually, knows more about the connectives in the story than the characters themselves. How the characters meet, influence one another, overlap, intersect and discover themselves is fascinating to watch.

The movie is about connections, coincidence, rediscovery, passion, mothers and daughters and fathers and sons. This film has everything. It was a totally satisfying cinematic experience.

The trailer gives you a tiny hint of some of the beautiful faces you will see in this glorious film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8rhDyhIloM

FYI: I learned more about the nature of Turkey's entry into the European Union from this film than from any newspaper article or TV report on the subject.

Acting: The five leading characters are sensational. Tuncel Kurtiz, Baki Davrak, Nursel Kose, Nurgul Yesilcay and the always wonderful Hanna Schygulla.

Predilection: None

Critters: A cat who works at a bookstore and some cattle.

Food: Yummy Turkish dishes.

Sex Spectrum: Two fob the characters are lesbians but you only see them cuddling in bed and one of the characters is a hooker and one the John.

Soundtrack: Music to the ears.

Visual Art: A nice look at middle class German and Turkish homes.

Theater Audience: A handful of patrons on the last day of this film's showing at the Film Forum.

Weather: Nice all over Europe for this shoot.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not take my eyes off the screen for a second.

Predictability Level: I had no idea where this film would end up.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Big Screen or Rental: If you can find it on the big screen that would be grand. If not, put it on your NetFlix list ASAP. For my 2005 review of Fatih Akin's Head-On go to: http://judithwolfe.com/lobosmoviereviews/reviews/headon.html

Length: Two hours.