The Edge of the Garden

2011

Drama / Fantasy

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 77%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 1006

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Synopsis


Uploaded By: FREEMAN

Director

Cast

Sarah Manninen as Nora Hargrave / Sarah
Marilyn Norry as Neighbor
David Richmond-Peck as Frank Clemmons
Kelly Monaco as Julie

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by SnoopyStyle 6 / 10

intriguing potential

Julie dumps Brian Connor (Rob Estes) after he missed their own engagement party for work in a large San Francisco tech company. He leaves to organize a newly acquired web hosting company in Maine. He gets convinced to buy a fixer-upper old mansion. As he does some repairs, strange things start happening and he encounters a ghostly Nora. In 1960, Nora is caught between kindly handyman Frank Clemmons and her loveless marriage to Thomas Hargrave.

There is a problem with his character construction. We're told that he's a big man in the company which makes two billion dollars. He's fixing a twenty million dollar acquisition as a side trip. Yet, he's doing his own home repairs. I don't buy that. He needs to insert a few lines talking about returning to his handyman roots and he needs to be a less important businessman. He could say that he had fixed up a small place as a summer job. This time-traveling premise does have some interesting potential. It is annoying to keep doing the tired trope of not saying everything right away. Brian should not hold back especially Nora and even Julie. Instead of Sarah, the movie should end with someone like Alana who is revealed to be the granddaughter. This is a bit limp as a romance but intriguing enough as a sci-fi.

Reviewed by edwagreen 6 / 10

Edge of the Garden- It's Not Exactly Eden or Even East Of **1/2

Breaking up with his fiancé and moving from San Francisco to Maine. Our hero buys a cottage. He didn't want to buy it, but something told him it was the right thing to do. Already, I'm wondering if this is for me.

Our guy hears people talking in the house. You immediately wonder if there are ghosts. Then we are subjected to a couple living in the house and the year is 1960. Eventually, we find out that our lady, who has Lyme disease, meets an awful end at the hands of her abusive husband. She is communicating with our guy via fireplace in the living room.

If this is more incredible, our guy's ex-fiancée suddenly shows up and reverses everything by throwing a love locket in the fire. Then, we're back in 2011 and another walk through the garden.

Credibility is lacking here. This isn't even for the romantics. There is some good acting, especially the abusive husband.

Reviewed by A_Different_Drummer 7 / 10

Finally a Canadian production true to its origins. sort of

For those curious, this reviewer has been quite harsh in discussion of Canadian films, especially those pretending to be about somewhere else, or someone else, or anything else than what the film actually is.

This could be the exception that proves the rule. On the surface a typical low budget Canuck flick shot in BC but (astonishingly) pretending to take place in Maine, chockablock with delightful Canadian small town sets, starring actors you may never see again in your lifetime, many of whom have not quite managed to hide that distinctive Canuck accent.

So aside from lack of pretence, what is there to actually recommend this film? A really neat story, mainly. Similar perhaps to some of the "time travel" romance movies that have been done before (the classic is Matheson's BID TIME RETURN, filmed under a different name) but yet different enough to be entertaining and still hold the attention.

Yes, Hollywood could do a better job. But this one 'aint bad at all.

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