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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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John Carney
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Carney Martin Carney ... Priest
Paul Hickey ... Mikey
Camille O'Sullivan Camille O'Sullivan ... Mikey's Wife
Cillian Murphy ... Jonathan Breech
Vincent Walsh ... Bouncer
Vinny Murphy Vinny Murphy ... Bouncer
Mary Murray ... Maria
Gavin Coleman Gavin Coleman ... Maria's Boyfriend
Patrick Murray Patrick Murray ... Joyrider
Stephen Rea ... Dr. Figure
Aidan Kelly ... Patient in Recreation Room
John Burke ... Patient in Recreation Room
Anna Manahan Anna Manahan ... Cat Woman
Des Smith Des Smith ... Patient with Cup
Judy Cameron Judy Cameron ... Woman Playing Piano
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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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Drama

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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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Country:

Ireland

Language:

English | Irish

Release Date:

21 September 2001 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Catch the Sun See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Quotes

Dr. Figure: What would you do if you were allowed home for the afternoon?
Jonathan: [inhales] Get a decent cup of coffee then I'd chop me head off with a chainsaw.
Dr. Figure: Okay. Uh - uh, just one thing. I wanted to propose something. It's like a pledge between doctor and patient. We nominate a day, like three weeks from now - like New Year's Day - and you mustn't harm yourself until that day. You have to stick to it. What do you think about that?
Jonathan: Yeah, I think it's a fuckin' ridiculous idea.
Dr. Figure: It's been known to work.
Jonathan: It won't...
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References Driving Miss Daisy (1989) See more »

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Please Forgive Me
Written by David Gray
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd
Performed by David Gray
Courtesy of Warner UK Strategic Marketing
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Suicide Group
16 August 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After the death of his alcoholic father, Jonathan Breech (Cillian Murphy) steals the urn with his ashes from the house of his brother and drives a robbed car off a cliff to commit suicide. However her survives and accepts an alternative sentence of three months in therapy in a psychiatric hospital with a suicide group under the supervision of Dr. Figure (Stephen Rea). He befriends the disturbed Rachel Row (Tricia Vessey), who saw her mother dying in an accident, and Toby (Jonathan Jackson), 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.

"On the Edge" explores an unusual theme - the behavior of persons that have survived a suicide attempt. However, the plot fails since it is pointless and the motives of the lead character to try to commit suicide are never clear: does he miss his alcoholic father, or is he simply a crazy disturbed young man? On the contrary, the motives of Rachel and Toby are very clear. The acting is great, with the exception of Stephen Rea, who has a weak performance in the role of a passive psychiatrist that does not seem to help his patients. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "A Beira da Loucura" ("On the Edge of the Madness")


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