Sunday, May 11, 2008


In German and Turkish with English subtitles.
Original title: Auf der anderen seite

Tuncel Kurtiz: Turkish immigrant Ali Aksu living in Germany
Nurgül Kose: Yeter Öztürk aka Jessy, a Turkish prostitute
Baki Davrak: Ali’s son, Hamburg University professor Nejat Aksu
Nurgül Yesilçay: Jessy’s 27-year-old daughter using the alias Gül Korkmaz
Patriycia Ziolkowska: Hamburg college student Charlotte 'Lotte' Staub
Hanna Schygulla: her mother Susanne

Exploring relationships between father and son\mother and daughter and their interactions with others can be confusing at first. For that reason it’s a good idea to have the principal cast members sorted out in your mind before venturing out.

Well written and beautifully acted with time taken to flesh out the characters it runs to a little over two hours but doesn’t seem like it.

for some sexuality and violence.

Bremen is a port city in northwestern Germany about 60 km south of the North Sea. In 2005, the population of the city was estimated to be 545,983.

Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany and its principal port. It is also the second-largest port in all of Europe after Rotterdam. The Hamburg Metropolitan Area is home to 4.5 million people.

Istanbul is Europe’s most populous city and is Turkey’s cultural and financial centre. Located on the Bosphorus Strait the city extends both on the European and on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world which is situated on two continents. When the Roman emperor Constantine the Great made the city the new eastern capital of the Roman Empire he conferred on it the name Nova Roma ("New Rome") but it soon became better known as Constantinople. The modern Turkish name, in a range of variants, dates back to 1453. The city has a population of 11,372,613 residents according to the latest count as of 2007.

Filyos is but one of many natural and sandy beaches found along a fifty-mile stretch of the Turkey coast on the Baltic Sea.

Raki is an anise–flavoured apéritif similar to other similar tasting alcoholic beverages available in the Mediterranean including the French pastis, Italian sambuca and Greek ouzo.

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