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“Edie” a Heartwarming Drama






Review by John Delia

Touching and inspiring, the movie Edie transforms a woman who has unselfishly given her life to others and is determined to complete a challenge on her own as recompense. With fine direction, impressive acting and a script that’s heartfelt, it’s a must see for melodrama fans. Filmed entirely in Scotland, Edie has an aura of grandeur and adds a longing for travelers.

After getting her husband George (Donald Pelmear) settled in his wheelchair as she has done for 30 years, Edie (Sheila Hancock), a crotchety woman in her 80’s, goes up to the attic and spots some old photos and a postcard of Mt. Suilven, Scotland. It’s a mountain that reminds her of a promise to climb it with her father. She’s now in her twilight and his passing many years back gives her a feeling of guilt. She goes down to the living room where George has been sitting and finds that has died.

Sheila Hancock as Edie from Music Box Films

Sorting her things at home for discard before leaving the house she has lived in most of her life, she decides to climb Mt. Suilven to at least complete her promise to dad. But, it will be an arduous trek at her age and may even be her last. So begins an adventure that will change her life and release some of the angst that has built up in her over so many years of constant care giving.

Defying her daughter Nancy’s (Wendy Morgan) concerns, Edie arrives in Lochinver, Scotland and while heading for the railway station, she literally gets run into by Jonny (Kevin Guthrie). Helping her up he offers to assist her. So begins a trek that will take Edie out of her comfort zone and deliver her into a world she would never have thought could ever happen.

Edie (Sheila Hancock) and Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) in EDIE from Music Box Films

Director Simon Hunter transports his audience to Sutherland, Scotland where he films the movie in the small town on the edge of a wilderness. Famous for its Mors, bogs and the majestic Mt. Suilven, he captures the vast landscape, its waterways, forests and trails while his characters work their magic with the storyline.

The settings and locations where the movie was filmed also takes center stage with amazing picture postcard cinematography. The bonus is a travel log of the quaint, delirious and expansive countryside, trails and mountain lakes. The camerawork is magnificent and the close ups tell a lot of the story that changes Edie forever.

A breathtaking scene in EDIE from Music Box Films

Sheila Hancock delivers a performance as Edie who become angry over the time she devoted to her husband’s illness. It’s a complex role where Edie has to be crotchety, staunch, annoying, demanding and yet as she takes that journey she once denied herself her person starts to change. It’s a difficult role and Hancock nails it.

Edie has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains language. The melodrama works best for the over 35 crowd with women the main target audience.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good production, with amazing performances. (4 out of 5 Stars)

Additional Film Information:
Cast: Sheila Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Amy Manson, Paul Brannigan, Wendy Morgan
Directed by: Simon Hunter
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: Not Rated, contains language
Running Time: 1 hr. 42 min.
Opening Date: September 6, 2019
Distributed by: Music Box Films
Released in: Standard, Color

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