99 minutes – Drama
Release date: February 2002
Edge of Madness began life as the short story A Wilderness Station by acclaimed Canadian writer Alice Munro. The concept of wilderness is enforced immediately as the story begins. It is 1853 and the action starts as a young woman stumbles into the remote town of Walley, Ontario. Almost half-mad after wandering through the wilderness for several days, the 18-year-old Annie claims to have murdered her husband, a 20-year-old pioneer. The young man who passes for a constable in this outback hamlet must try to determine who she is and what, if any, truth resides in her story. The actual story is revealed slowly, inside her flashbacks, as he interrogates her. While locked up in the local jail and under investigation, Annie gradually unravels her story as she remembers it, trying to determine her own role in what happened. This is a taut period mystery, literate and character-driven, authentic to its time but told in a contemporary cinematic fashion.