DIRECTOR: simon hunter (light house, mutant chronicles)
STARRING: sheila hancock, kevin guthrie, paul brannigan, and amy manson
REVIEWER: hadassah devis
After her controlling husband dies, an elderly woman embarks on a trip to fulfil her longtime dream of climbing a mountain in the Scottish Highlands.
After the death of her controlling husband, eighty-three year old Edie (Sheila Hancock) sets out on a journey to fulfil her almost forgotten dream of conquering Mount Suilven. However, after spending most of her life in a loveless, overbearing marriage, the journey is as much about self-discovery and overcoming social expectations as it is about the climb.
Sheila Hancock whose movie catalogue dates back to the 1960's, puts on a great performance. Her portrayal of Edie is a refreshing mix of classic-grumpy-demanding-old-woman and playful-child-with-sass-to-spare. The performance complemented by Kevin Guthrie's character who starts off as the quintessential portrayal of 'youth today'. Their unlikely friendship inspires some solid character development, and although it is nothing ground-breaking, their natural chemistry (no, not in a creepy way) does make it entertaining to watch.
Cinematically, the film has a tendency to feel like a lengthy travel advertisement – sweeping scenery shots backed by inspirational music, numerous close ups of Edie's weathered face sighing or smiling, and extreme long shots of car rides, boat trips and mountain climbing. Given the stunning backdrop of the Scottish Highlands that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are looking for a gritty, gripping adventure, this isn't the movie to fill that need.
It is, however, uplifting and inspirational with some unexpected laugh out loud moments. What the movie lacks in pizazz, it makes up for in heart.
Although Edie is an uplifting film with a great performance from Sheila Hancock, it has the tendency to feel like a lengthy travel advertisement.