Edge of Madness

Synopsis: 1851, Manitoba's Red River Valley. As winter sets in, a young woman on the edge of madness arrives exhausted at the fort, a wilderness station, claiming she murdered her husband. She's placed in a cell; for the next several months, she sews while the local prefect, Henry Mullen, investigates. In flashbacks we see her arranged marriage to the hard-working but angry Simon, who takes her to his half-built homestead and abuses her. She's treated well by his younger brother George, with whom she laughs, but he's too weak to protect her. Is she guilty? At the homestead, Mullen hears a different story, one that exonerates Annie. Can he unearth the truth? Then what?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Anne Wheeler
Production: LionsGate Entertainment
99 min

(heavy breathing)


- What the hell?

- Woman:
Is this the jail?

- Aye.

- Woman #2:
Keep the door closed.

- George!

- Man:

- Woman:

- Man:
What do you want?

- George.

- What do you want?


- Come back here.

- George!

- I did it.

- Did what?

I killed him, my husband.

It was me.

I'll get Mr. Mullen.

You stay here.

Oh, George!

Je suis Marie.

Y'a pas de George ici.


She's undone, sir.


Carried on

like a madwoman.

Man #2:
Why not

send her to the church?

Reverend's away

from the fort, sir.


It's too hot in here.

It's a jail, not a bloody inn.

Aye, sir.


you say you've killed a man?

Man #1:
Your husband.

What's your name?


It's a simple question.

Your name.

- She can talk.

- This girl speaks French.

- Man #1:
Careful, sir.

- She's a strange woman.

Here, sit up.

Come on.

(woman pants)

She's covered

in scratches.

She's gone wild, sir.

Fill out the forms, Donnely.

Lock her up.

I'll take her statement


- Should we feed her, sir?

- I don't care.

This weather was sent

from hell, lass.

I'd rather freeze

than hang, though.

Mullen's voice:

Journal of Mr. Henry Mullen,

Chief Recorder, Hudson Bay Company.

November 15th:

In the absence of Governor Simpson,

it's fallen to me

to investigate

this strange young woman

Who appeared last night

at the fort.

As I am inexperienced

in these matters,

I asked Dr. Jenkins

to assist me.

First of all,

I want your name.

Fine, then.

Who's George? Your husband?

Perhaps he took shelter

with some natives.

Or perished.

- I've done a terrible thing.

- You said you killed your husband.

And George as well.

Mon Dieu!

How did you kill him?

With a rock.

I heard his skull crack.


And where did this happen?

At the homestead.

We were building a fireplace.

We had lots of rocks.

- Why did you kill him?

- Because I wanted to.

I wanted to kill my husband,

so I did it.

- You haven't told us your name.

- Annie.

- And your husband?

- Simon.

And who's George?

His brother.

- Can you examine her now?

- No!

Right. Quite frankly, I'd rather

have her cleaned up first.

Would you like that?

Nice hot bath.

Good. Take her over

to the house, Ruth.

It's not

in a woman's nature.

In the middle

of bloody nowhere,

cut off from civilization,

people do the unthinkable.

True, but no one has been

reported missing.

Nobody knows

What goes on out there.

She got lost,

quite likely.

How old do you think

she is?

it's hard to tell.

I'll have to take

a closer look.

What's this?


Yes, I love purple.


your book?

I'll just put it

over here, okay?

It's burnt, huh?


You get in now.

we'll get some more water.

(churchbell tolls)

(music) Oh what needless pain

we bear (music)

(music) Oh what needless pain

we bear (music)

(music) All because

we do not carry (music)

(music) All because

we do not carry (music)

(music) We do not carry everything

to God in prayer. (music)


- You cannot go with him, Annie.

- (water splattering)

Annie, get out!

Come on, get out!

Come on!

- Annie...

- I have to get dressed!


I don't understand.

I told her to finish

her bath, get dressed...

Miss Creswell, I don't know.

She knew he was waiting.

Good... let him choose

one of the other girls.

- I want him to choose me.

- You can't go with him, Annie.

- Again, I had the dream.

- I have my own dreams, Sadie.

I want babies and a home...

- and a husband.

- Had a baby once.

Came out of a big boil

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Alice Munro

Alice Ann Munro (, née Laidlaw ; born 10 July 1931) is a Canadian short story writer who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2013. Munro's work has been described as having revolutionized the architecture of short stories, especially in its tendency to move forward and backward in time. Her stories have been said to "embed more than announce, reveal more than parade."Munro's fiction is most often set in her native Huron County in southwestern Ontario. Her stories explore human complexities in an uncomplicated prose style. Munro's writing has established her as "one of our greatest contemporary writers of fiction", or, as Cynthia Ozick put it, "our Chekhov." Munro is the recipient of many literary accolades, including the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her work as "master of the contemporary short story", and the 2009 Man Booker International Prize for her lifetime body of work. She is also a three-time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for fiction and was the recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada's 1996 Marian Engel Award, as well as the 2004 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize for Runaway. more…

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