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Edie (2017)

83 year old Edie believes that it is never too late - packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.

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Simon Hunter

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Hancock ... Edie
Kevin Guthrie ... Jonny
Paul Brannigan ... McLaughlin
Amy Manson ... Fiona
Wendy Morgan ... Nancy
Rachael Keiller Rachael Keiller ... Hotel receptionist
Donald Pelmear Donald Pelmear ... George
Daniela Bräuer Daniela Bräuer ... German hiker
Christopher Dunne ... Cafe owner
Tori Butler-Hart ... Doctor
Calum Macrae Calum Macrae ... Bothy Man
Tanya Winsor ... Jane
Sallyann Fellowes ... Retirement home manager
Wynne Potts Wynne Potts ... Care Assistant
Tom McHugh Tom McHugh ... station guard Euston
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83 year old Edie believes that it is never too late - packing an old camping bag, leaving her life behind and embarking on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.

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It's never too late.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 May 2018 (UK) See more »

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2.35 : 1
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This is the second collaboration between composer Debbie Wiseman and Director Simon Hunter. Wiseman composed the music for Hunter's first feature LIGHTHOUSE in 1999. See more »

Goofs

Hancock asks for "Gas" for her ancient camping stove, and is sold a "threaded" canister - the stove she presents is a pressure operated paraffin model, and even if she was losing her faculties, it is unlikely she would have made such an error. See more »

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Enjoyable, but at times obvious
9 July 2017 | by euroGarySee all my reviews

"We made this film for an audience" declared director Simon Hunter at the 2017 Edinburgh International Film Festival's world premiere of 'Edie'. That begs the question "For who else would you make a film?", but Hunter subsequently explained the intention was to produce a feel-good work, and in that he has certainly succeeded.

Newly-widowed after thirty years of nursing a demanding and invalid husband, Edie Moore (Sheila Hancock) is preparing to move into an old people's home when on a whim she decides to attempt a long-held ambition to climb a Scottish mountain. She employs local camping shop owner Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) as her guide and - when it turns out she is not as prepared as she thinks she is - her trainer. The relationship between this odd couple forms much of the film.

Nowadays I am more familiar with Hancock through her duties as guest panelist on BBC Radio Four's 'Just a Minute'. But she is still a dominant screen presence, believably conveying Edie's journey from resignation, determination, despair, back again to determination. The script allows Guthrie less scope, although personally I'm happy to just sit and look at him - very few men can look sexy in a beanie hat!

Director Hunter over-eggs the pudding at times: the opening scenes featuring Edie's life as a drudge are shot almost exclusively with her dressed in dull beige against a background of constant rain and in rooms blanketed in Stygian darkness (for Heaven's sake, turn the bloody lights on!); while scenes of great emotion are accompanied by about five orchestras' worth of violins. There is more than a hint of soap opera about some aspects of the film (the sub-plot involving Jonny's girlfriend's quest for a bank loan could easily have been deleted with no loss to the viewer). But overall this is an enjoyable film and I shall probably look at it again when it turns up on television.


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