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Edie: Mountains, Malcontent and Mutuality

Author: Rachel Mannix

Picture: Damaris Media

Edie: Mountains, Malcontent and Mutuality

Edie. starring Sheila Hancock, is an unexpected triumph which highlights our need for dependency on others, says Rachel Mannix.

Having read the initial blurb for Edie, the film was not what I expected. I thought it would be a cliché tale of a suffering protagonist who discovers freedom and hope through an unexpected adventure.

At its essence, I suppose that’s how you could describe the plot. However, to say this is all it is would diminish the depth, authenticity and humanity captured in this beautiful story.  

A Life Dissatisfied

Edith Moore (Sheila Hancock) has been her husband’s carer ever since he suffered a stroke thirty years ago. When he dies, she decides to take a trip to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland, something she has always wanted to do but never had the chance.

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After leaving for Inverness, Edie has to learn how to accept help before she can reach the top of Mount Suilven by herself. A chance encounter at the train station with a local named Jonny (Kevin Guthrie) leads to his reluctant offers to support Edie in her personal mission.

While Hancock has said she hopes Edie will inspire older people to experience new things and take on new challenges, the film highlights that dissatisfaction is not a condition unique to the aged. 

The beauty of her friendship with Jonny is, in part, that it helps them both to realise that, no matter how much life there is left to live, you don’t have to succumb to feelings of inevitability.

There is always joy if you seek it.

Our Need For Dependency

While Edie’s journey reminds us of the importance of perseverance, the film also reflects on the human need to recognise our dependency on others. Jonny and Edie teach and support each other and neither of them could have taken those literal and metaphorical steps alone.

What I really like about the development of this theme in the film is that it shows there is not a straightforward trajectory from a lack of trust to total surrender. The process very often meets stumbling blocks, and a feeling of moving backwards when you thought you were going forward.

The Promise Of Deliverance

While watching the understated yet triumphant closing scene, this line from Scripture kept echoing in my mind: “He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19) 

Although the film is not explicitly about belief in God, the incredible Scottish landscapes convey that numinous experience and the exhilaration of meeting the Creator in nature.

Ultimately the lessons that Edie learns-joy, trust and perseverance- are all aspects of faith. The words of the psalm encapsulate those lessons and the freedom we can gain from living them out in relationship with God.

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