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On the Edge (2001)

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Cillian Murphy, Tricia Vessey, more...
Director: John Carney, John Carney
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Drama, Foreign, British Drama, UK
Running Time: 86 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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This title is currently out of print.

A teenager finds himself reaching out to others as he tries to heal his emotional wounds in this drama. Jonathan (Cillian Murphy) is a young man who is having a difficult time coming to terms with the recent death of his father; after falling into a deep depression, he attempts to commit suicide by driving a car off an embankment. Jonathan survives the accident and is sent to a mental institution for treatment. While in the hospital, Jonathan becomes friendly with a disturbed youngster named Toby (Jonathan Jackson), and falls in love with Rachel (Tricia Vessey), another patient at the facility. Also featuring Stephen Rea, On the Edge was the third feature from Irish director John Carney and the first to be backed by a major American studio. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Suicide Watch by talltale May 28, 2005 - 4:46 AM PDT
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
Suicide is the subject of ON THE EDGE, an Irish movie notable as much for the mistakes it doesn't make as for its accomplishments--which are understated but important. Made in 2000, it tracks the just pre-suicide attempt of a young man and his post-incarceration in an experimental psychiatric hospital peopled by others suicide-prone and run by a quiet but interesting doctor (well-played by Stephen Rea). The movie treats suicide as the mystery it is, and if it doesn't solve it, the movie still expands our understanding.

Filmmakers John Carney and Daniel James manage feeling without sentimentality and give all the characters--main and peripheral--their due. Performances are excellent, with Cillian Murphy (who's gone on to make "28 Days Later" and "Girl With the Pearl Earring"), Tricia Vessey and Jonathan Jackson (an American playing Irish) the standouts. This is a quiet film overall but very much worthwhile for anyone who's struggled with suicide, or had friends, relatives or lovers in its thrall. The music track is noteworthy, too--but, sorry, MHamilt, I don't know the name of that song, either (it's a good one, though!).

What IS that song? by MHamilt November 18, 2003 - 1:26 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Really well done movie about young adults suffering from mental illness and general depression. The movie does become a bit predictable at the end and I never quite "got" the attraction between the main couple but still well worth seeing. Also, can someone please tell me what the first song on the soundtrack is - it plays over the opening scene - it's driving me mad.

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