Woman tackles a mountain in the moving film ‘Edie’

  • This image released by Music Box Films shows Sheila Hancock in a scene from "Edie." (Pascoe Morrissey/Music Box Films via AP) Pascoe Morrissey

  • This image released by Music Box Films shows Kevin Guthrie, left, and Sheila Hancock in a scene from "Edie." (Music Box Films via AP)

Associated Press
Published: 9/5/2019 11:33:15 AM

In the northwest of Scotland, there stands a glacier-carved mountain called Suilven. Climbing it is not for the timid. But that’s not a word that describes the unusual heroine determined to conquer Suilven in the film Edie.

Edith Moore – everyone calls her Edie – is no ordinary climber. She’s 83 and has been sedentary for most of that time. That mountain, though, looms large in her mind in this quiet, unrushed and moving tale of age and will.

Director Simon Hunter spends as much time focusing on the crags of the glorious mountain as the ones on Edie’s face, making it sometimes seem as if the Scottish Tourism Board and AARP teamed up to make a movie.

Edie, lovingly portrayed by the brilliant Sheila Hancock, is a bitter and stubborn woman when we first meet her. She’s been taking care of her ill and controlling husband for decades, nursing a long-held dream to climb Suilven. (Her last name is a clue: She wants more). His death liberates her, sending her to the Scottish Highlands, finally.

“I’ve lived a whole life and most of it I would change if I could,” she says. “I’ve wasted so much time doing nothing. I can’t give this up now.”

No one she encounters thinks climbing the mountain is a good idea for a woman in her 80s who sometimes has a hard time opening car doors, except for the young co-owner of a local camping shop, Jonny (a soulful Kevin Guthrie).

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