Edie is a picture ultimately run by its dreams and desires, and puts forward an unlikely relationship with a particularly powerful moral
Films focusing on the creation of a friendship aren’t often as engaging or inviting as Edie. The connection between Edie and her climbing guide Jonny becomes so strong, and so central to the picture, it quickly becomes the only element to care about. Very little happens in the way of story for the majority of the run time, but the creation of such a relationship makes the minutes infinitely more worthwhile than many a plot filled film.
Edie (Sheila Hancock) is an elderly lady who never managed to fulfil her dreams. So when her husband dies, she grabs hold of her opportunity, setting out to the Scottish highlands, near the infamous mountain of Suilven. Left with nowhere to sleep after a booking mix up, Edie stays with a local camping shop owner, Jonny (Kevin Guthrie), in his run down flat. Determined to complete her goal, and climb Suilven, Edie hires Jonny as her guide to take her up the most difficult of mountains.
Edie’s calm nature, subtle tones and picturesque backdrop of Mount Suilven allow for it to easily mislead as a film of little importance or small character. When in fact, Edie is a picture ultimately run by its dreams and desires, and puts forward an unlikely relationship with a particularly powerful moral. It showcases a character type, in Edie, that simply does not get the screen time in modern day cinema. Older members of society are portrayed in films such as The Time Of Their Lives or The Leisure Seeker terribly, building up an awful stereotype of an ageing generation. A stereotype that is often highly inaccurate.
Edie doesn’t try to hide from the difficulties older generations face, instead it suggests how to defeat them; how help is often the way forward even if it is unwanted. The film promotes friendship and need very well, suggesting that two humans who can help each other should, providing marvellous results.
It is a fairly tumultuous film, and it knows that as it uses emotions to control the pace. It’s about resilience and limits as much as it’s about friendship, and director Simon Hunter ties these themes together particularly well. Hancock is superb, in probably the role of her career, breaking down barriers for the elderly and women, a film like Edie should never have been able to.
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