Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Edge of Heaven
Just saw this Turkish/German film. The director, Fatih Akin, also made “Head On,” one of the best movies I’ve seen in the last few years.
“The Edge of Heaven” follows a multitude of characters whose lives are intertwined between Istanbul and Bremen. A bit slow, but worth seeing, it’s about the connection between parents and children, how careless we are about basic communication, and how tragic misunderstandings can develop.
And it made me so homesick for Turkey, for the food and raki, the beautiful sad people, the language, and the endless dry landscape. It made me feel Turkey is my home, not here. (The characters living in Germany also feel the pull of Anatolia.)
Plus it’s really cool to hear Turkish, German and English used interchangeably.
I returned from Turkey one year ago. These are my last photos from that year abroad as a Fulbright Scholar: in Munich eating typical German, and in my Anatolian City, which is called Eskisehir. I wish there was a way to get back to Turkey, but it's not possible now. So I'll just dream, while I live here in SoCal, a paradise I take for granted.
Posted by kloeamongtheturks at 7/31/2008