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It’s never too late to em­brace our wild side, says this beau­ti­ful film

Countryfile Magazine - - Contents - Maria Hod­son, re­views ed­i­tor

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EDIE DIREC­TOR: SI­MON HUNTER RE­LEASED NA­TION­WIDE: 25 MAY

In Edie, our 83-year-old hero­ine sets out to con­quer the sum­mit of Suil­ven in Assynt. Sheila Han­cock is out­stand­ing as Edith Moore, a once-adventurous girl who has en­dured a life­time of du­ti­ful, con­fined wom­an­hood as a wife, mother and carer. Now wid­owed, Edie dis­cov­ers a post­card of Suil­ven sent by her fa­ther 30 years ago, and be­lat­edly fol­lows his call to ac­tion.

The years, how­ever, have taken their toll. Edie is em­bit­tered by her life’s ex­pe­ri­ences and phys­i­cally frail. A re­mote 731m moun­tain poses no small chal­lenge. She strikes up a wary part­ner­ship with Lochin­ver lo­cal Jonny (Kevin Guthrie), and to­gether they pre­pare for the hike.

There is much here to de­light the heart. The cin­e­matog­ra­phy is spec­tac­u­lar – shot af­ter shot cap­tures gor­geous scenes of Assynt, rich with wood­land, wa­ter­falls, moor­land, beaches and beauty. The film ably con­veys the op­pres­sive fear of hav­ing left life too late, and Han­cock is af­fect­ing in com­mu­ni­cat­ing Edie’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to feel alive, and her bouts of self-doubt.

Now 85 her­self, Han­cock scaled the moun­tain, camped with the crew, hiked, cy­cled and rowed. It’s a hugely in­spir­ing performance; her very own call to ac­tion.

Sheila Han­cock sets her sights on the dis­tinc­tive sum­mit of Suil­ven in Edie IN­SET With Kevin Guthrie

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