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|EDGE OF DREAMING (director/writer: Amy Hardie; cinematographera: Ms. Hardie/Ian Dodds/the Hardie family; animation: Cameron Duguid; editors: Ling Lee/Mike Culyba/Colin Monie; music: Gunnar Oskarsson/Jim Sutherland; Runtime: 73; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Ms. Hardie/George Chignell/Lori Cheatle; Lorber Films; 2009-UK)|
a wonderful little film that doesn't try to do too
much, but what it
does accomplish it does so with great clarity and
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Scottish science documentarian Amy Hardie creates this solid personal PBS type of film that offers us intimate hugs of knowledge instead of a book-load of facts. It marries reality with fantasy and views dreams with a sensible open-minded attitude as a useful source of reality, if you know how to interpret them. It's a wonderful little film that doesn't try to do too much, but what it does accomplish it does so with great clarity and intimacy.
Amy Hardie lives a happy life in her family's spacious isolated dream house (passed down from ten generations) in the Scottish Borders with her husband Peter, a psychotherapist, her two young daughters, and an older son from her first marriage to Arthur--a filmmaker from Gibraltar she divorced and who passed away in 2004.
The event that shapes
pic, is when one night there was a power outage at
home and during the
night Amy had a dream of her beloved horse George
dying and in the
morning discovered the horse died overnight from a
heart attack. The
shaken Amy rarely ever remembered her dreams, but this
shook her up. It led her to ask about
the meaning of dreams and why we dream. Unable to
understand the nature
and complexities of dreams, she settled for believing
it was a
But soon followed
haunting dream, with Arthur appearing to warn her that
she will die by
the end of her 48th year.
Since Amy was 48, this warning from a loved one in the
other world was
not taken lightly. Her fright increased when she began
to have trouble
breathing and even after being tested at the hospital,
could not be properly diagnosed and continued to
plague her as a
mysterious breathing ailment that
threatened to collapse her lungs.
Fearing the dream of her demise would come true literally, Amy became obsessed with doing research on dreams, reading Carl Jung and consulting two leading experts: biology Professor Irving Weisman of Stanford and neuroscientist Dr. Mark Solms of the Royal London School of Medicine. They generously provided some useful knowledge of how the brain operates, which made her more obsessed with knowing more about how dreams functioned. She now realized some dreams do indeed give us information on the real world. Amy's anxiety was so great, that she even went to a Brazilian shaman healer (Claudia Goncalve) and found some more useful ways to understand her dream.
Receiving the love and
support of her wholesome family, Amy was able to
celebrate her 49th
birthday peacefully with family and friends at home.
She was also able
to learn to live with the fact that her lungs were
damaged and she
would have to breath without them working at full capacity for the remainder of her
Though it didn't break
new ground in telling us things about dreams we didn't
this was an intelligent and warm-hearted film that was
filmed in a
lively entertaining way with family videos, visually
scenes at the Scottish Borders and an interesting
animation. The pic
celebrates human curiosity and warns us how fragile is
encourages us to think about dreams as an important
aspect of life that
even the filmmaker herself didn't give much thought to
until its value
REVIEWED ON 2/24/2011 GRADE: B+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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