• Publication date: January 5, 2009

Swallowed Up By The Alleys A Man Looking For Answers Loses His Mind

A ballad constructed of the steel and concrete that can be found in any city , "Edmond" catches director Stuart Gordon and star William H. Macy at the top of their games, and is considered an underrated work by most film aficionados .

A ballad constructed of the steel and concrete that can be found in any city, "Edmond" catches director Stuart Gordon and star William H. Macy at the top of their games, and is considered an underrated work by most film aficionados. Based on a play by David Manet, director Stuart Gordon's "Edmond" is a nose-dive into Manet's surreal urban reality mixed with glimpses into racism, the sex industry, and the apathy that has become a steady staple to address one another with.

Both the play and the film revolve around the titular character, Edmond Burke [William H. Macy], a white-collar worker in New York City. After a visit to a fortune teller [Frances Bay], he decides to leave his wife [Rebecca Pidgeon] and embarks on an odyssey through New York's seedy alleys, which takes him to two bars, a high-end bordello, and a peep show. When he accuses a dealer in a card game of running a crooked game, the dealer and his friends thrash Edmond.

Increasingly convinced of the ugliness and difficulty of human existence, Edmond buys a knife from a pawnshop. He threatens a woman on a subway platform, then beats an African-American pimp who is trying to rob him, while calling him racial slurs.

As Edmond loses the last shards of sanity, he is swallowed by the gritty urban underbelly of the city he once knew. No longer supported by the comforts of the white-collar life he had walked away from, he is freefalling into an intimate knowledge of his city. A great production with a critically acclaimed performance by Macy, as well as roles by Julia Stiles, Joe Mantegna, Debi Mazar, Mena Suvari and Denise Richards.

"Edmond" is a 2005 drama-thriller that will prove an unforgettable experience. Rated R for violence, strong language, and sexual content including nudity and dialogue, "Edmond" runs for a screen-time of 82 minutes.