ⓘ Edges of the Lord


ⓘ Edges of the Lord

Edges of the Lord is an award-winning 2001 film, written and directed by Yurek Bogayevicz, set in Poland during World War II, starring Willem Dafoe and Haley Joel Osment.


1. Plot

Romek Haley Joel Osment is the son of a wealthy Jewish couple. When the Nazis invade Poland, the family contacts an old friend and tasks him to hide their son. During this plight, Romek poses as the Catholic nephew of a local farmer Olaf Lubaszenko, with the aid of a compassionate priest Willem Dafoe.


2. Cast

  • Andrzej Grabowski as Kluba
  • Willem Dafoe as Priest
  • Krzysztof Pieczynski as German officer at Trains
  • Haley Joel Osment as Romek
  • Chiril Vahonin as Robal
  • Olga Frycz as Maria
  • Malgorzata Foremniak as Manka
  • Eugene Osment as German officer at Batylin Field
  • Olaf Lubaszenko as Gniecio
  • Liam Hess as Tolo
  • Richard Banel as Vladek

3. Release history

The film was first released in theatres in 2001, in Poland. In 2002, it had theatrical releases in Spain, the Czech Republic, Japan, Italy, Portugal and Hong Kong. In the Czech Republic, it was shown at the Febio Film Festival. Other theatrical releases included Kazakhstan, in 2007 and Belgium, in 2008, among other countries. The film had direct-to-DVD releases in Sweden 2002 and the United States 2005. The 2005 release of the film in the United States, by its distributor, Miramax/Buuna Vista, was subject to criticism for delay.


4. Critical reception

The film was not widely reviewed, and the published reviews were mixed. Haley Joel Osment was described by one reviewer as having an "unusual emotional depth" in the film, where he "emotionally centers the film, with a balanced, thoughtful portrait". This reviewer also correctly predicted that because the film was shot in English, with many of the actors speaking with Polish accents, it would quickly go to video and TV. David Nusair described the film as "a fairly decent set-up thats entirely squandered by Bogayevicz, with the filmmakers apparent inability to develop these characters beyond their most superficial attributes surely playing a key role in the movies ultimate and colossal downfall." Reviewer John J. Puccio described the film as "a movie that starts grimly, lightens up slightly, and then gets very gloomy, indeed."


5. Awards

The film won the award for Best Screenplay by Yurek Bogayevicz, who also directed the film at the 2001 Polish Film Festival. The film was also nominated for six awards at the 2002 Polish Film Awards: Best Film, Best Supporting Actress Olga Frycz, Best Director Yurek Bogayevicz, Best Screenplay Yurek Bogayevicz, Best Cinematography Pawel Edelman and Best Costume Design Jagna Janicka

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