Once a wild-child, always a wild-child right? Right? Even at 83? Well, Edie, played by the wonderful Shiela Hancock (“The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas”, “3 Men And A Little Lady”), certainly thinks so.
Having none of her daughters attempts to pack her off to a nursing home when her husband passes, Edie instead ops to pick up her back-pack and set out on a journey she had planned with her father, long ago, to reach the peak of mount Suilven.
Really, daughter Nancy, Wendy Morgan (“Doctors (TV)”, “The Howling”), only has her self to blame for it was her, clearing out a closet, that found the rucksack and sparked the memory for Edie.
This is after Edie has spent the last thirty-years of her marriage caring for her husband after a blood clot leaves him immobile and completely dependant on Edie, not to mention the early domineering years she was married to him.
So, off she goes to Scotland, ill-prepared and with absolutely no idea what she is letting herself in for. It’s fortuitous then that she should come across a kindly stranger.
Jonny, Kevin Gunthrie (“Dunkirk”, “Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them”), initially is a mercenary helper, but as this intrepid duo climb higher, so too their friendship soars with it. Edie is more than a match for Jonny’s witty-banter and the film revolves around these two, this odd-couple, climbing a mountain, in Scotland.
It’s this relationship, so central and key to the whole film, that was essential for writer and director Simon Hunter (“Wired (Short)”, “Mutant Chronicles”) to get right, and he manages to pull it off with aplomb.
Together with the majestic setting of the wilds of Scotland, showcased beautifully throughout, Edie is a movie that will fill your heart with a nice warm feeling inside. Something unlikely to happen on the side of a freezing cold mountain in Scotland, just ask Sheila Hancock.