Dan Skip Allen
A genre of films we don’t usually think of is the older man or woman who wants to rediscover his or her life. Sometimes it’s a group of men as in Las Vegas or a group of women as in Poms. These kinds of films have become more prevalent in the last few years. Films such as The Bucket List, I’ll See You in My Dreams and The Hero come to mind. These kinds of films deal with age in a very subtle but respectful way. Also films about taking a walkabout have become a thing as well. The Way, The Walk and A Walk in the Woods are a few recent examples of people deciding they need to get away so they go for a long walk somewhere off of the grid. Edie deals with both of these subjects in one film.
Edith or Edie as she likes to be called is portrayed by Sheila Hancock. She’s been taking care of her comatose husband for 30 years. She never gets to do anything else with her life. One day when he dies she has an epiphany. She wants to leave her life as a subservient wife behind and go do something she has always wanted to do, and that is go climb Mount Sullivan in Scotland. So, she packs her bags and embarks on this journey. Along the way she meets a man named Jonny portrayed by Kevin Guthrie. At first he sees a mark. A woman he can exploit for money. He agrees to train her and help her to climb the mountain. Along the way he has a moment of self discovery.
This film was directed by Simon Hunter and based on an idea by Edward Lyndon-Bell. They both help craft this story in a respectful way. They deal with an 83 year old woman wanting one last go of it with dignity. This journey isn’t easy for her at her age and we see that expressed perfectly on screen. Life moves very fast when you get old. You need to take your time with the most mundane of tasks let alone trying to go on a journey to climb a mountain. Other films have done this equally as well. Edie handles these aspects of aging and growing old and dealing with it perfectly.
A story of a woman who needs one last hurrah in her life also turns out to be a journey of self discovery for a young man. How they work their differences out is the real treat of Edie. A film with actors I have never seen before and directed by a man I had never heard of gave me a delightful film I didn’t expect. You know what they say… Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s what I did! I was wrong, this is a very good film about this unlikely friendship. People of all ages can learn something from watching Edie.
3 1/2 stars
Dan Skip Allen