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  • Actors: William H. Macy, Dylan Walsh, Denise Richards, Russell Hornsby, Debi Mazar
  • Directors: Stuart Gordon
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000XJL87C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,276 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

'You are not where you belong' says the fortune teller, and Edmond beginshis descent into a darkly funny yet horrifyingly urban hell in this compellingfilm. The encounter causes Edmond to confront the emptiness of his life and marriage, prompting him to flee the safe boredom of his home for the vortexof the dark streets of L.A., tilting him into a free-fall that he mistakes for liberation. As Edmond spirals on towards personal disintegration, his racism and homophobia emerges and he freely expresses it. 'Every fear hides a wish, he discovers. In the style of Taxi Driver and Bad Lieutenant, Edmond is a radical and disturbing film by writer David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross) and directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator). An all-star cast includes William H. Macy (The Cooler, Fargo), Denise Richards (Love Actually), Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Julia Stiles (The Bourne Ultimatum).

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2.8 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
Middle class business man Edmond (William H Macy) leaves the office one day clutching a piece of paper hastily scrawled by his secretary for a change of time for an appointment the nest day ..1.15 .On the way home he enters a fortune tellers on a whim. She looks perplexed by his cards and tell him "You are not where you belong". He gets homes and promptly tells his wife (Rebecca Pigeon...the real life wife of writer David Mamet) he is going out and wont, be coming back ever. "Don't You love me anymore?" she asks not unreasonably ."No" he replies , "and I haven't done for a long time" .
From this Edmond goes on a relentless trawl through the seedy underbelly of America, looking for sex engaging in deeply uncomfortable dialogue with various prostitutes and dancers -mainly about money .Edmond has a car boot mentality to paying for sex. He has set his mental fiscal parameters and he won't budge. "That's too much" he repeats endlessly . Edmond has foreseen the credit crunch.
He also engages in appallingly racist banter with a stranger in a bar .The stranger (Mamet regular Joe Mantegna ) tells him that black people are only interested in "Sitting beneath the tree and watching the elephant ". This confirms Edmonds latent racism - something which spews out of him in a later scene which could well shock many viewers.
The films eventual denouement rests on one act which despite Edmonds clear mental instability just doesn't make sense and seems to have burst in from another movie with another character. There are other moments that defy credibility as well. Would an attractive 23 year old waitress (Julia Stiles) sleep with a middle aged guy , and a patently disturbed middle aged guy with blood stains on his shirt , on a whim. No she wouldn't and I should know I ,ve tried ...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ernie on 3 July 2010
Format: DVD
Edmond is a strange film and not at all what I expected. Directed by Stuart Gordon who is far better known for writing and directing horror films, the film follows the character of Edmond, a seemingly mild mannered businessman who after a spontaneous visit to a fortune teller is told 'You are not where you belong'. From that point he leaves his wife and wanders the city streets looking for a sexual encounter which set of a chain of events which will change his life forever.
This is one of those films in which the acting pretty much carries film. While plenty happens in the film it does feel a bit like 'Falling Down' meets 'Crash' and while William H. Macy was as good as ever the film pretty much limps along trying its best to shock you along the way.
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I thought I'd like this film and it did remind me of 'Taxi Driver' and 'Falling Down' in places... But I was wrong.

Basically this is the tale of a rather pathetic man who does a tedious job and is married to a woman he finds dull. (Something many of us can probably relate to perhaps ?!)
One day after years of this dull existence he just snaps, dumps his wife and goes off to try and change his life. Unfortunately Edmond is a rather hapless character and he is confused as to what he actually wants, as a result he soon develops a serious anger-management problem with fatal consequences that land him in prison.

The film features a strong supporting cast with lots of familiar actors - though unfortunately these all seem to be 'bit parts' with just one scene each.
I found the film very engaging - and its not just about random violence or the diminishing of someone's mental state, its quite philosophical as Edmond keeps reviewing his life choices and the paths he has taken and what life is all about.

Ultimately what I disliked about the film was the main character ironically loses more control over his life the more he tries to break free of the system - a rather depressing prospect and the outcome is rather bleak.
Also I'd argue that justice was not done at the end of the film - Edmond clearly has mental health issues and needs therapy and rehabilitation, but instead of this the American Justice system simply locks him away...
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By BAZ316 on 9 Jun. 2013
Format: DVD
Brilliant performance,but will lose many because this film is so odd.
It's basically about a man who is cracking up,tells his wife,very dryly,that his is fed up with her and goes out to find some meaning.
There are a lot of humorous scenes In here,but it's a humour that will go over many a person's head.
I appreciated what this film was doing,but as much as I enjoyed some of it,i doubt i'll be watching it again. I give this fours stars,because in all honesty,i did enjoy it. The lines about things being "too much" made me laugh a lot,it was just done so dryly,i found it highly amusing.

I can't deny it's all very weird,though it kind of works for a film about a middle-aged man who loses his mind and goes on a sexual,violent,homophobic and racist self discovery.
It isn't a brilliant film,but i'll remember parts of it for some time.
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Edmond is an absolute must watch, but definately won't be to everyones taste. It's a dark film in a similar way to a film like Taxi Driver or Falling Down. The acting in the film is superb and the cast is excellent. All of the women in the film put on amazing performances even though they're all short scenes. William H Macy holds the whole film together in a very believable crazed manner. The only reason it's not getting five stars from me is that I think although it has a very credible ending I found the first half of the film to be more entertaining and it does get a little too bleak after that.
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