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On the Edge (2001)

On the Edge is about suicidal patients discovering their true selves while going through therapy in a treatment center.

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Martin Carney ...
Priest
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Mikey
Camille O'Sullivan ...
Mikey's Wife
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Bouncer
Vinny Murphy ...
Bouncer
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Maria
Gavin Coleman ...
Maria's Boyfriend
Patrick Murray ...
Joyrider
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Dr. Figure
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Patient in Recreation Room
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Patient in Recreation Room
Anna Manahan ...
Cat Woman
Des Smith ...
Patient with Cup
Judy Cameron ...
Woman Playing Piano
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Storyline

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 »
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21 September 2001 (Ireland)  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dr. Figure: [to Jonathan] You're trembling
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Something's Wrong
Written by Stephen Wall and Joseph Wall
Published by Stunning Songs/Copyright Control
Performed by The Walls
Courtesy of Earshot Records
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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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