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On the Edge (2001)

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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)  »

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Catch the Sun  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

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Rachel Row: It's beautiful here.
Jonathan: Can't take all this on your own.
Rachel Row: So you are all good now? Too many near death experiences you are beginning to think twice.
Jonathan: You wanna know the truth? If it's a matter of life and death between people like you and me, then I want to outlive you. And I want to see what happens to you. 'Cause I like ya.
Rachel Row: I don't know.
Jonathan: What if we are still together in a year?
Rachel Row: Would we be?
Jonathan: I can see it happening.
Rachel Row: I don't know. So do you think you love me?
Jonathan: I know I love you.
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Written by Glen Hansard, Joe Doyle (as Joseph Doyle), Colm MacConiomare (as Colm MacConiomaire),
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Published by Perfect Songs Ltd
Performed by The Frames
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Comedy on a most serious issue.Message:Treasure Life
22 September 2003 | by (ireland) – See all my reviews

i am tired of going into details on films . Cillian Murphy is captivating. The comedy is brilliant in timing and delivery and Stephen Rea plays it low profile in this film. Such constant and well done comedic content is based around young adults whon in despair do not wish to live and are institutionalised for it. (which is rare enough to find mental health assistance in ireland). the main character starts out wanting to end his life , commits sarcasm and jokes on all serious matters to hide his pain. He then through a series of life's common events, grows to appreciate life in a most touching way. as they say Tragedy Plus Time Equals Comedy" which seems to make a premise of this film yet for the character, his comedy stemming from pain grows to enlightenment. anyone who can understandably see the levels of mental depression in ireland that go without treatment can , i hope , relate to the issue at hand and appreciate the ability to laugh at life as well as treasure it. anyway this is how i interpret it, ( nothing worse than a critic, lol) ;-)

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