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      Edge of the Knife

      2018 1 hr. 40 min. Drama List
      100% 5 Reviews Tomatometer 55% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score A tragic accident causes an anguished man to retreat deep into the forest where he is transformed into a "wild man." Read More Read Less

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      Courtney K idk; this wasn't what i thought it was going to be so i was a little disappointed, but it was a fine watch. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 08/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A refreshingly non-European look at grief and a very educational portrayal of Haida culture. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Audience Member Exceptional film from an indigenous peoples' perspective that is so achingly rare. You will not find these authentic stories in mainstream movie offerings and for that reason alone it is worth entering into their world if for no other reason than to bear witness. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member The scenes after the first 15 minutes were nothing but gruesome. It was interesting for that initial quarter of an hour, but afterward there was little story arc worth enduring the horrid imagery for. The movie became focused on the slow burn of the protagonist's descent into guilt driven insanity - an insanity which consisted in paranoia, self harm and starvation, but the audience was never granted refuge from the disgusting sight of Adiits'ii pussy, swollen face because he just would not die - despite a sincere want for his life to end, so our suffering could do the same. I would say the only redeeming quality of the movie was the inclusion of Haida mythology and the slim scenes with the remainder of the tribe, but even those were undermined by the majority of the unbearable of the film. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member As there is no review for this, I would like to say that I enjoyed watching the culture of this small tribe in the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of B.C.; their artefacts, totems, and carvings are just beautiful, Apparently, never has a movie been made featuring their own language dialects. Awesome to see. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Barry Hertz Globe and Mail The themes of guilt and redemption may be familiar, but Edenshaw and Haig-Brown present them in a vision so distinct and unfamiliar to audiences that the film feels abundantly fresh. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 4, 2019 Full Review Radheyan Simonpillai NOW Toronto The preservation act challenges the cast to wrap their tongues around words they don't know. But their emotional performances overcome in a film stacked with stunning imagery, where the natural and mythical get tangled. Rated: 4/5 Sep 8, 2018 Full Review Brett Pardy Seventh Row This film immerses the viewer in the pre-colonial world, without any hand-holding exposition for a non-Indigenous audience. Aug 21, 2019 Full Review Andrew Parker The Gate A landmark achievement in the history of indigenous cinema, SGaawaay K'uuna - or Edge of the Knife in English - is a mesmerizing film crafted by true artists... Rated: 8/10 Apr 5, 2019 Full Review Ken Eisner Georgia Straight What really sticks is the reconstructed slices of everyday life, with woven clothes and sleek carvings appearing strikingly modern in this arboreal context. Nov 26, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A tragic accident causes an anguished man to retreat deep into the forest where he is transformed into a "wild man."
      Director
      Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
      Executive Producer
      Stephen Grosse, Zacharias Kunuk
      Screenwriter
      Gwaai Edenshaw
      Production Co
      Kingulliit Productions
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 8, 2019
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