The Edge (KPAN)

"The Edge" is a story of suppressed passion and destructive obsession set in a remote post WWII Siberian village sparkled by the arrival of Ignat, an emotionally and physically damaged Soviet tank commander with an obsession for steam engines. His self destructive streak causes increasing havoc until he makes an astonishing discovery in the forest. Elsa is a German girl ...more

"The Edge" is a story of suppressed passion and destructive obsession set in a remote post WWII Siberian village sparkled by the arrival of Ignat, an emotionally and physically damaged Soviet tank commander with an obsession for steam engines. His self destructive streak causes increasing havoc until he makes an astonishing discovery in the forest. Elsa is a German girl who had lived in an old steam engine in the forest for four years. Despite no common past or culture, by protecting Elsa, Ignat discovers how he can save himself. When they return to the village with the locomotive they have christened "Gustav", a head to head, a winner-takes-all locomotive race will decide their fate. The only question is how much strength and fury can there be in one man, in his battle to assert his identity and to defend his love and eventually to become the winner ... or forever remain a spirit trapped, never to be free.

Movie Details

  • Director(s) Alexey Uchitel
  • Starring Vladimir Mashkov, Vyacheslav Krikunow, Anjorka Strechel, Yulia Peresild, Alexander Bashirov, Sergey Garmash, Vladas Bagdonas
  • Language(s) Russian
  • Subtitle(s) English
  • Released January 01, 2010
  • Genre
  • Run Time 90 minutes
  • Rating NR

BIGSTAR Review

What makes a great film? Amazing Cinematography? Check. Yuri Klimenko delivers more gorgeous shots than these two eyes can behold. Brillian acting? Check. Vladimir Mashkov gives us a stellar performance as a man you love to hate and love to love. A riveting story that will lead you to plot twists and turns? Check. If you are not fluent in Russian (as I am not) than you will wish you were so that you would not miss a second of onscreen emotion while reading the subtitles. In essence, "The Edge" is a great film. Period. "The Edge" is an unprecedented movie that manages to divulge, in a quiet way, the mesmerizing period of life in Russia post World War II. Many films that come out of Russia often highlight the dark and supremely woeful times of a shattered past. Somehow, despite the brutal history, director Aleksey Uchitel manages to reveal such a history without isolating his audience. This is the tale of one Soviet war hero who arrives at a camp in a remote section of Siberia to pursue his love for trains. It is in this soldier's pursuit of his first passion that he ends up igniting many other passions along the way. Why will I not reveal more? Because, with movies as great as this, it is up to you, viewers, to watch the tale unfold. Nominated at the Golden Globes 2011 for Best Foreign Language Film and winner at Les Arcs European Film Festival and countless awards won at the Nika Awards, "The Edge" TRULY delivers an outstanding film!

- Romy

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94
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