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DE L'AUTRE CÔTÉ (LUX PRIZE 2007)
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Auf der anderen Seite Allemagne, Turquie 2007 | vostf+ang | 115' | De : Fatih Akin | Avec : Nurgül Yesilçay, Baki Davrak, Tuncel Kurtiz, Hanna Schygulla
Prix du Meilleur scénario et du Jury Oecuménique, Cannes 2007
Despite the misgivings of his son Nejat, Ali, a widower, decides to move in with Yeter, a prostitute who shares his Turkish origin. Nejat, a young German teacher, soon warms to Yeter when he realises that she sends most of what she earns to her daughter in Turkey to pay for her university education. Yeter's accidental death drives a wedge between father and son. Nejat goes to Istanbul to search for Ayten, Yeter's daughter. In Hamburg Ayten becomes friendly with Lotte, a German student, who is quickly won over by the young Turkish woman's charm and political commitment. Lotte even invites Ayten to stay in her home, despite the qualms of her mother Susanne. Ayten is arrested and put in detention, and ultimately deported to Turkey, where she is sent to prison. Lotte decides on the spur of the moment to drop everything and go to Turkey.
« Construit avec un efficace sens de l'ellipse, ce film impressionne par sa maîtrise, sa profondeur humaine, son plaidoyer pour l'échange culturel, la sérénité et l'apaisement. » (Jean-Luc Douin, Le Monde)
« The best approach is to begin with the characters, because the wonderful, sad, touching The Edge of Heaven is more about its characters than about its story. » (Roger Ebert)
Cinémathèque de la Ville de Luxembourg