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Edge of Madness (2002)

1851, Manitoba's Red River Valley. As winter sets in, a young woman on the edge of madness arrives exhausted at the fort, a wilderness station, claiming she murdered her husband. She's ... See full summary »


Anne Wheeler


Alice Munro (based on the short story "A Wilderness Station"), Charles K. Pitts | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Caroline Dhavernas ... Annie Herron
Frank Adamson ... Donnely
Wayne Nicklas Wayne Nicklas ... Inmate
Nicole Bremault Nicole Bremault ... Marie
Paul Johansson ... Henry Mullen
Currie Graham ... Dr. Jenkins
Tantoo Cardinal ... Ruth
Anne Ross Anne Ross ... Sadie Johnson
Ruth De Graves Ruth De Graves ... Nervous Woman
Brendan Fehr ... Simon Herron
Terri Cherniak Terri Cherniak ... Matron La Roche
Corey Sevier ... George Herron
Jonas Chernick ... William Sellor
Jennifer Pelser Jennifer Pelser ... Mrs. Treece
Francis Damberger Francis Damberger ... Mr. Treece


1851, Manitoba's Red River Valley. As winter sets in, a young woman on the edge of madness arrives exhausted at the fort, a wilderness station, claiming she murdered her husband. She's placed in a cell; for the next several months, she sews while the local prefect, Henry Mullen, investigates. In flashbacks we see her arranged marriage to the hard-working but angry Simon, who takes her to his half-built homestead and abuses her. She's treated well by his younger brother George, with whom she laughs, but he's too weak to protect her. Is she guilty? At the homestead, Mullen hears a different story, one that exonerates Annie. Can he unearth the truth? Then what? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong sexuality and violence including rape | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

18 February 2002 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wilderness Station See more »

Filming Locations:

Minnedosa, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dr. Jenkins gives Annie regular doses of laudanum to help her maintain a less adversarial demeanor. Laudanum contains alcohol and opium. See more »


The girls at the school sing the hymn "What A Friend We Have in Jesus", supposedly in the year 1851. The song was not written until 1855. See more »


"What A Friend We Have in Jesus'
Words by Joseph M. Scriven (as Joseph Scriven)
Music by Charles Crozat Converse (as Charles C. Converse)
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ala Vilhelm Moberg's The Emigrants (1971)
29 August 2005 | by rlk-3See all my reviews

The haunting landscape could well be Minnesota and the story is reminiscent of Maud Hart Lovelace's Gentlemen from England and Karl Rolvaag's Giants in the Earth, both of whom were Minnesota authors. Besides the lead actress, Caroline Dhavernas, who is wonderful, it's fun to see Peter Wingfield and Paul Johansson in something with a little more gravitas than Highlander. Okay, Peter's Scottish accent and Paul's English? Dutch? accent left a good deal to be desired, but who cares. It is beautifully shot, with exquisite production design and costuming. Ann Wheeler built this film with lots of love. It unrolls like a tone poem written by Ingmar Bergman.

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