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Sunset Edge (2015)

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On a lazy afternoon, two tales intertwine in this meditative portrayal of disaffected youth set in a graveyard of abandoned mobile homes known as Sunset Edge. Four suburban teens rummage through the decay completely unaware of the shadowy figure that moves among them - a tormented soul with a horrific past. Day turns to night and people disappear as the secrets of Sunset Edge are revealed in a haunting finale. Part gothic thriller, part coming-of-age tale, SUNSET EDGE is a Hitchcockian mash-up that upends teenage horror films. Shot entirely on location in North Carolina, the director's Southern roots are the inspiration for the film. In setting his story amidst the rural decay of this pastoral landscape, Peddle captures a poignant snapshot of American culture. He manipulates time and linearity to create a gripping, layered story. Using only available natural light, he doesn't rely on special effects or gore to enhance the drama or tension. The sparse dialogue gives his characters a natural quality, permitting the audience the vantage point of unseen observer. (C) Cavu

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Cast

Lilianne Gillenwater
as Dora May Moon
Alex Padilla
as Maya-Young Malachi
Alex Padilla-Maya
as Young Malachi
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Critic Reviews for Sunset Edge

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7)

Sunset Edge has a visually poetic quality that goes a long way towards compensating for its opaquely nonlinear, barely there narrative.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

An unusual, ambitious failure, mostly because the film's hyper-naturalistic style is meant to evoke a supernatural mood.

May 29, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Full of striking images but badly overestimates the entertainment value of abandoned trailer parks for the average moviegoer.

May 29, 2015 | Full Review…

A densely atmospheric portrait of disaffected youth by artist-filmmaker Daniel Peddle that flouts preconceived notions at every unconventional turn.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

As uninterested in examining its chosen milieu as it is in fashioning anything approaching an engaging narrative.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…
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The one thing that's lacking? A payoff. [But] director Daniel Peddle gets great performances from his non-professional cast and expertly builds a taut and disturbing atmosphere.

May 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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