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Sunday, May 4, 2008

The Edge of Heaven

As i realize now, I have been caught in the beautiful paradise of cinema for a while. I never believed that movies could have such an impact on the thought process that you have, and now i would say movies are the second best sources to enlightenment, what is the first then?... Books of course. And when i speak about movies you would have already known that i am not here to speak about the desi movies(I proud to be an Indian, but definitely not when i am watching those so-called-masala movies with with screenplay like sh** and a story like its source.. sorry for the language). leave it lets hang these Indian movies later :). I am here to speak about those meaningful cinemas which break borders, linguistic barriers, cultural differences and rend you with sleepless nights. lets not call it reviews coz i am nobody to criticize the works of legends. lets call it an experience sharing. And what is in store today,....? A movie with a title that very much describes the power of cinema, yes a good movie can really take you to The Edge of Heaven.

By far German movies are becoming the tenets of modern cinema. There was Run lola run, there was Die Fälscher, The lives of others and now there is The Edge of heaven(German: Auf der anderen Seite) by Fatih Akin. A poignant tale on the inter-woven lives of six people of which four are German and two are from Turkey. It was critically acclaimed and won top honours at cannes by winning the Best Screenplay Award.(lets hope someday movies like these will be released in india, and we are relieved from the usual Hollywood-carp with bizarre tamil names like marana adi and Kavasa Veeran).

Coming back to business TEOH is about six people A 'kinky' father and his son from Germany, An old prostitute and her daughter from turkey and finally a comfy, middle-class mother and her college going daughter from Germany. The story is about how their lives are interrupted by each other and how relationships are lost with someone and found with some other. It's in a way a drama about human resonance and reconciliation, which has strong political undertones.I am not here to discuss about the plot coz this ain't a review. But the movie has a lot of about love, rebellion,relationships, politics, hope and definitely- lot of human emotions. the story travels between Germany and turkey and is shown happening in different time frames but stills looks so coherent and intact. No doubt it won the award for best screenplay at Cannes. the writes has a abundant belief in the intelligence of his viewers, and the best part is always left untold for the viewer to perceive it. And its technically so strong that you totally forget that there was a technical team behind the making:).

When it comes to the experience you would fell a lot of optimism during the final sections of the movie. When the protagonists find more reasons to re-connect with life you find your reason for walking through the film for nearly 120 mins. Even though it will not be one of my 'best-movies' list, the Edge of heaven will definitely find a place in my DVD box.

We indians are used to the verdicts at the end of each review, this blog will be no exception, the colour palette(inspired by the tomatometer :-))is not a grading but can be taken as my liking and suggestion quotient.

My palette for The Edge of heaven




12 comments:

Nivedita said...

hey,

Good 'experience transition' i must say!! Very vivid writing.. makes me wanna watch the movie..

Vignesh.r(edux) said...

Hmm..that was the first comment i got on blogger thanks nivi. Don worry ill get u the dvd.

HEWILL said...

Hey

shows that you are very impressed.
when you screen the life on silverscreen, its totally different
from other imaginary stuff. try watching some wierdest and vague movies, you will get to know about the screenplays better. I would say this is a fantastic description, very good indeed.

Vignesh.r(edux) said...

@ Hewill ..thanks man ..as u said movies considered weird are usually the best in class.

>>Jass said...

Hmm 8.1 in imdb, looks like i m gonna like this movie. Thanks for the review.
And oh although i agree with how shitty the hindi movie industry is you should watch dor, that the last really good hindi movie i can recollect....

Vignesh.r(edux) said...

Thanks man.. Hiundi movies are in a way far better than the local crap.. i liked TZP a lot..!

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Umesh Karthy Loganda said...

I havent read your comments on the movie, but I had it in my list of movies to watch...

I would say 88 minutes must be the next one you should review (tho' old).. Al Pacino is in it too! (I know u like him)

To add some fun... Heard this comment from someone at office.. He'd just seen KURUVI movie the previous night and reacted...
"They should have named it KURUVI P** (Shit) instead...)

Vignesh.r(edux) said...

I would give my right hand to watch any al pachino's movie...he is my rockstar...

N kuruvi..They may have named it k***** instead... it would have been apt:)..

Aravindan said...

Whoa.. I saw it recently and i liked it a lot. The structured narrative, the direction ... it was neat. I liked the soundtrack too!

I heard his previous movie "Head On" is his best so far. Have you watched that?

Vignesh said...

No aravind... that movie is famous across the award circles i suppose... have to download watch it sometime..thanks 4 dropping by!!

R3 said...

hvnt watchd the movie yet.. but seems to be a gud movie from the way u say.. nice post...

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