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[影片快递] 【整理】2008-07-06 The Edge of Heaven 天堂边缘

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The Edge of Heaven is a new film from Fait Akin, a German director of Turkish descent. He won the Best Screenwriting Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2007 and it confirms that Akin is really one of the most interesting younger filmmakers working in Germany and maybe in Europe.

 

And in some ways, this is a movie about east meeting west. The characters are both Turkish and German, and they travel back and forth between those two countries. But it's not a schematic tale of immigration or / culture clash. It's really about individual destinies, about desire, about family life, about ambition, about class, about all of these things and how they work in a world where people move around a lot, where people encounter each other by accident, where globalization is both a governing abstraction and a fact of / daily life.

 

"Where do you live?

No where."

 

There are three stories that are told not quite in chronological order, it's sort of the style of narration that we've got used to from Babel and Crash and movies like that.

 

"Do you really want to know?"

 

It's divided basically into three chapters. There are three sets of parents and children that are central to this story.

 

I don't want to say too much really about the way that these stories intersect because one of the wonderful things about this movie is the style of its story telling. In some cases, it gives a  way right at the beginning what's going to happen. Two of the chapter titles announced the deaths of characters, so you know before you even met the characters, so you know something is going to happen. But you don't know quite how.

 

There are a lot of surprises. There are a lot of overlaps, a lot of interesting patterns that emerge as these stories get on. There's also a lot of violence and a lot of bad feeling. This is a movie about violence against women, about the violence that the state enacts on its citizens, about the violence that citizens give back to the state when they are frustrated by what is doing to them.

 

And it has a very interesting tone of both engagement and detachment. That is, Akin is watching all these people and what they do without judging them, or without steering our sympathies in any particular direction. But at the same time, there's an enormous compassion and humanity and even tenderness that emerges in this movie, even in its cruelest and harshest moments. It really offers an interesting window on aspects of life in Europe and beyond Europe in the world today.

[ 本帖最后由 walter2000 于 2008-7-8 21:32 编辑 ]
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