On The Edge

Synopsis: After the death of his alcoholic father, Jonathan Breech steals his father's ashes from his brother's house. He drives a stolen car off a cliff in order to commit suicide but he survives. After this, he accepts an alternative sentence of three months in therapy in a psychiatric hospital. There, he joins a suicide group under the supervision of Dr. Figure. He befriends a disturbed Rachel Row (who saw her mother dying in an accident) and Toby (who accidentally killed his brother in a car crash). During the treatment, the sarcastic Jonathan changes his behavior and sees the importance of being alive.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): John Carney
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

No. Still dead.

Well, gentlemen,

doesn't our young fellow look fantastic?

Okay, down to business.


You got loads of them. Give us some.

- What do you want?

- What have you got?

God's, ups, downs, hash,

Black Moroccan, A's...

...heroin, Charlie, speeds, acids.

- I think I'll have a gram...

- And grass.

I'll have a gram of cocaine.

Get your hands off!


- Hello.

- What the f*ck do you want?

- Was that your boyfriend there?

- Yeah.

- What is he like?

- He's an asshole.

What do you care?

What are you doing

for the rest of the night?

What's it to you?

Do you want to come back to my flat

for some coke and some sex?

- Okay.

- Great.

- Is that your car, lads?

- Are you joking?

We wouldn't buy a car like that.

It's a fucking woman's car.

What are you doing

hanging around the north side, Jonathan?

You know, this and that.

Bit of shopping. Seeing the sights.

Burying my father.

- Really? He's dead?

- He's dead.

- What did he die of?

- He drank himself to death.

Are you heartbroken?

You know,

I'm glad he finally got it together.

So the doctor says to him,

"You've got to stop your drinking.

"Your liver will fucking give in.

You know what I'm saying?"

He goes home and he celebrates

with a bottle of Bushmills.

- Some way to go!

- Are you taking the piss?

- I never joke about death.

- You are taking the piss.

Am I?

Wait here. I'll be back in a second.

- 'Morning.

- You're not as cute as your brother.


- It's a beautiful morning out there, Mikey.

- She's asleep.

It was a great funeral, wasn't it?

- What's the matter? Have you slept?

- Yeah, I went to bed early.

I want the ashes.

I want to take them away.

- What are you talking about?

- I want the fucking urn thingy.

I want to take it home with me.

What are you shitting on about? It's 5:00.

Mikey, she's asleep. Come on.

I'm not going to give you the urn, okay?

Look. Why don't you get

a couple of hours sleep here...

...and we'll all have breakfast then, okay?

Do you have pancakes?

Yes. I will make you some...

- Is he going to be all right?

- Yeah, he'll be fine.

He's been a lot better the last few months.

He'll be grand.

Listen. I'm sorry.

We'll see you. We're going for a spin.

I'm going to have to ask you

to get out here.


I have to ask you to get out of the car.

I'm sorry.

What are you talking about?

I have to ask you to get out of the car now.

I'm sorry. Please.

You're serious.

If you want to kill yourself...

... you can't go wrong

if you drive a convertible car...

... over a cliff at 50 miles an hour.

That's a sure thing.

I broke my baby finger.

No seat belt.

The police said if I had been wearing

my seat belt I would have broken my neck.

Under the threat of a prison sentence

for the stolen car...

... I opted for three months

as an inpatient...

... in a psychiatric hospital.

The good thing about going

into the madhouse now...

... is that my stay would run right over

the Christmas season.

For as long as I can remember,

I wanted to spend Christmas...

... in a suburban mental institution.

The group session you'll be attending

is a small one.

It's made up of four people

about the same age as yourself.

Most of them have been with us

a month or so. They're doing quite well.

I'm sure you'll all get on very well.

Here's your room.

Well, I'll take it.

There's a special room for patients

called the recreation room.

You've got your Velcro-tipped darts,

cards, the telly...

... and a kettle that stops boiling

when the water is lukewarm...

... so you can't kill yourself

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