Divided into three episodes, "The Edge of Heaven" adopts something of a Brechtian technique of alienation by announcing the deaths of two of the characters through the titles of the first and second sequences. The effect of this strategy is not, however, to disengage the audience members' emotions entirely. Instead, when we meet Yeter, after seeing the announcement "The Death of Yeter," we view the unfolding of her character already in mourning for her demise. Indeed, there seems to be an intimate connection in this film between naming and death. One character who survives the movie, but by all rights should be the least likely to do so, adopts a pseudonym for a while and is subsequently called by that pseudonym when Turkish authorities ban her girlfriend from speaking her actual name. Her partial anonymity itself appears to preserve her intact.
The third episode shares the movie's own title, "The Edge of Heaven"--but the borders in evidence are quite material rather than celestial. The scene commences with coffins crossing each other in the air, and emerging from planes in Turkey and Germany. We likewise see one of the German residents from the earlier part of the movie re-entering Turkey, having been deported for committing a murder. The only place that could possibly qualify as heaven here is Turkey, and redemption, if it can occur, seems to happen through the rehabilitation of the deceased in the eyes of those left behind.