On the Edge (2001)
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Jonathan is nineteen and suicidal when he is admitted to a psychiatric hospital by his older brother, following the death of the boys' father. There, he meets and befriends two other patients while undergoing what he believes to be bogus therapy. One of his new friends is a suicidal girl called Rachel, with whom he soon begins to fall in love.
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Critic Reviews for On the Edge
A well-handled if well-worn look at the spectre of suicide and mental illness.
An Irish "Good Will Hunting" of sorts, but edgier (no pun intended).
Murphy's characterization has both edginess and charm and it carries the film.
Audience Reviews for On the Edge
Great coming of age story. It's fun, sad and deep. Everything you want, but feel you can't ask for in a teen drama. The acting is amazing, Cillian Murphy is clearly one of the best actors of his generation and played his role perfectly. There's a whole Cuckoo's Nest feel to it which I really liked, mixed in with Catcher in the Rye. It just makes you wonder what life is worth living for.
For anyone who has watched the film 'Manic' it's a very similar storyline, based inside a Psychiatric Hospital with various characters, who come to life and communicate through their various conditions. A very likeable performance from Cillian Murphy.
An Irish 'Good Will Hunting'; only not as good.
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