On the Edge (2001)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 September 2001 (Ireland)
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On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Carney ...
Camille O'Sullivan ...
Mikey's Wife
Vinny Murphy ...
Gavin Coleman ...
Maria's Boyfriend
Patrick Murray ...
Dr. Figure
Patient in Recreation Room
Patient in Recreation Room
Anna Manahan ...
Cat Woman
Des Smith ...
Patient with Cup
Judy Cameron ...
Woman Playing Piano


After the death of his alcoholic father, Jonathan Breech steals his father's ashes from his brother's house. He drives a stolen car off a cliff in order to commit suicide but he survives. After this, he accepts an alternative sentence of three months in therapy in a psychiatric hospital. There, he joins a suicide group under the supervision of Dr. Figure. He befriends a disturbed Rachel Row (who saw her mother dying in an accident) and Toby (who accidentally killed his brother in a car crash). During the treatment, the sarcastic Jonathan changes his behavior and sees the importance of being alive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A joyride through sex, love, and other activities



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Rated R for language, some disturbing images and sexual content, and for some drug material | See all certifications »




Release Date:

21 September 2001 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Catch the Sun  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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[after Toby has killed himself]
Jonathan: You can never really know what was going through a person's mind at that exact moment. If they survive, they'll never tell you. If they succeed, all you can do is spend the rest of your life feeling guilty. You're only concern can be for the people they leave behind. They're the ones to look out for.
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Written by John Carney
Performed by John Carney
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Just like the people in this film, the movie itself is misunderstood ...
19 February 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This is not what you would call an average Irish film where ordinary people fight poverty, or kids gets dragged into nasty criminal business. The film seems to have gotten some bad reviews and I can only guess that this is because these people did not look hard enough. As the saying goes; 'the truth lies in the eyes of the beholder'. No, this film features something completely and utterly different. The film circulates around trust and what you can and what you can not do for a person depraved of the will to live. It touches the subject of trust very elegantly. Both romance and friendship is a part of the film, they do not take a leading purpose of the story but are always present in the background.

I was awestruck by the beauty of this film, it struck the bullseye of my heart. I am guessing that if you have ever known a very depressed soul this movie has a lot to teach you.

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