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a great piece of work
I'm shocked and amazed to hear this film referred to as "slice o' life"(?) and compared to Falling Down.
Edmond is not a film about a repressed schmuck who one day, just flips out and decides he isn't going to take it anymore. Instead, it is about a repressed schmuck, who, totally without awareness, begins on a pre-destined course that ultimately leads him to the life he was meant to live.
This carefully scripted film is about the pre-destiny that lived within Edmond, and what happened when it was activated. When Edmond is handed the post-it with "1:15" on it, it speaks to him in some unconscious way. Every single detail of what happens to him from then on, is part of his journey to his destined life.
The fun thing is that it is all happening on some unconscious level, and that Edmond only has glimpses of why and what is going on. All throughout the film, Edmond appears to be as confused as the viewer, as to why he is acting out the way he does.
This demonstrates itself perfectly when he cannot answer the question of why he murdered Glenna, and again when he suggests to his wife that it must have been from drinking too much coffee, or perhaps because there are just too many people on earth. Poor Edmond, he knows there is a reason, but just can't put his finger on what it is.
The reason is, of course, that this was what had to be done, to get where he needed to be.
In the end, he finds his soul mate and is where he belongs. Real cute ending. I love the contented smile on Edmond's face!