Edge Of Madness R CC

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She traveled to the wild country, ready to face every challenge with her new husband. But Annie Herron never expected to fear the man she was meant to love. What began as a journey into the new world ends in murder.

Starring:
Caroline Dhavernas, Brendan Fehr
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

Edge Of Madness

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Anne Wheeler
Starring Caroline Dhavernas, Brendan Fehr
Supporting actors Corey Sevier, Jonas Chernick, Caroline Dhavernas, Frank Adamson, Nicole Bremault, Pauline Broderick, Tantoo Cardinal, Hilary Carroll, Terri Cherniak, Francis Damberger, Ruth De Graves, Currie Graham, Wayne Nicklas, Jennifer Pelser, Anne Ross, Peter Wingfield
Studio Lions Gate Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By anne wheeler on April 28, 2004
Format: DVD
As the director of this movie, that was poorly distributed it is very reassuring to read the reviews. For the viewer in Tennesse that asked about Peter...he plays the Reverend...the man who intially set up the marriage and who comes to the jail in hopes of saving the soul of Annie Herron. If you are curious about this story read the original short story called Wilderness Station by Alice Munro - one of our finest. AW
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Eyon on May 17, 2004
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What must it have been like in the mid-1800's homesteading the Canadian plains for a young woman in a marriage of convenience to a brutish husband, when the accents mingled curiously? I think I have acquired a sense of that because of the authentic texture the film-makers gave to this frontier setting.

The story is presented in the form of a mystery, altho the resolution is pretty easy to anticipate. It's the characters and situations we meet along the way, their interaction, their sensibilities, that move the story. But at a languid pace, like the times--when commuting was measured in hours and days.

The resilient young woman is at the center of two plots and her determination is made plausible by the immensely talented Caroline Dhavernas, and palatable with her offbeat beauty and lovely French-Canadian accent. The other actors acquit themselves well, even the normally amateurish Brendan Fehr. But only the direction (by Anne Wheeler) and photography contribute as much as Dhavernas does.

Not a great film, but fascinating if you want atmosphere, and a glimpse of a different era, and plenty of glimpses of a nude Dhavernas.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anita M. Harmon on February 15, 2005
Format: DVD
I just watched this film and was amazed by the acting as well as the directing. Anne Wheeler does a wonderful job in capturing the beauty of the Canadian Wilderness in the 1800's. The acting in this movie is superb. Caroline Dhavernas, who plays Annie Herron, is an amazing talent and her performance in this film was wonderful. The violence in this film was tastefully done, if that is even possible. Brendan Fehr, who plays Annie's angry and abusive husband, did an excellent job. You really dislike this guy and want him to suffer the way he makes those around him suffer. I am from the U.S. and knew nothing about this film or the short story it was adapted from until I started researching the work of Caroline Dhavernas. I recommend this film, it's beautifully put together.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MGH on February 17, 2003
Format: DVD
This movie is not your typical light hearted Hollywood fare but a grim realistic portrayal of a young woman's struggle to survive in the harsh frontier world of western Canada in the 1850s.
I found the scenery brooding yet impressive, perfect for setting the dark moods of this movie. The costuming too looked very authentic for the period, nothing fancy but what served them well for survival.
The cast impressed me too. Newcomer Caroline Dhaveras is the main character and puts on a fine performance in both a difficult and sympathetic part. Brendan Fehr is suitably brutal in the part of the vicious husband, Corey Sevier as the decent brother has the complex role of being a character with both strengths and weaknesses and pulls it off very well. Paul Johannsen is the kindhearted authority who has to investigate a puzzling mystery. All the acting is top notch.
While not for everyone due to its gloomy subject matter and quite graphic use of violence and sex, I found this movie, directed by Anne Wheeler, to be a fascinating glimpse of what it might have been like for young people trapped out in a forbidding world they couldn't ever have prepared themselves for.
I would definitely rate this movie at least 4 of out 5 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "jennifehr" on February 24, 2003
Format: DVD
Brendan Fehr shows his versatilty as an actor in this movie. He made his character so believable that even I, a huge fan, felt an enormous dislike for the character Simon. And his accent was right on. The movie itself was extremely well done and my heart ached for Annie. It makes you wonder how many women and young girls went through this kind of situation back then.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Smith on March 25, 2005
Format: DVD
I had never heard of this film before in the US. Like another reviewer I only came upon this film after looking into the work of Caroline Dhavernas, a tremendously beautiful and talented actress largely (and sadly) unknown to US audiences. The cinematography of the Canadian wilderness and gritty realism of the settlements bring to life the hostility of the Canadian frontier. The violence is disturbing, but in context, and excellently portrayed. Brendan Frehr is both believable and despicable as the tormentor of Dhavernas' character, and Anne Wheeler did an outstanding job directing the talented young cast in such a challenging environment.

Having become familiar with Dhavernas through Wonderfalls, this film brought to light the breadth of her acting range and I hope to see her in more projects in the US.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was filmed close to the town where I live, and many times when we are driving across the Prairies I wonder what it would have been like to be a settler and come unprepared for the miles of nothing- especially in winter. This movie depicts the hardships and trials of settlers with harsh reality.
There are many journies taken in this movie, and the characters mold, shift and change with their gaining of knowledge and experiences in the wild.
The acting is exceptional. Cory Sevier and Caroline DeHavernas both do a fabulous job of maturing their characters throughout the movie.
There is not a lot of flashy hollywood stuff , just a really good story portrayed in a realistic way with emotion, a simple setting, fabulous characters, and a great cast.
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