The Edge (La Lisière)
by Géraldine Bajard
François, a young doctor fresh out of med-school, relocates from Paris to Beauval, a new town, where monotonous rows of brand-new houses make up the residential “Beauval Hights”. François quickly becomes the target for an adolescent gang, led by Cédric and Matthieu, a charismatic leader and his associate. At the edges of the forest, they play dangerous games to beat back their boredom. Dares, provocation, seduction, anything is an excuse to break the routine.
But one of their games goes wrong.
The body of 12 year-old Agnes is found at the side of the road, the victim of a hit-and-run. The community sticks together in the face of this drama. However because of their will to dominate, Cédric and Matthieu don’t intend to simply forget the accident. Repressing their own part in the tragedy, they determine to find the runaway driver.
Suspecting François as the possible driver, they harass him with new fervor. The gang loiters in and around his house and closes in on his fiancé.
Only the 14 year-old Claire has reserves, a sign of her attraction to the young doctor. A unique friendship develops between them, but she turns out to be his downfall.
The seemingly tranquil little village is invaded by a menacing atmosphere of suspicion and manipulation. François’ life is in danger.
The Swiss born, French director, Geraldine Bajard grew up in several countries (Saudi Arabia, Morocco, India and France). She studied in Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure as well as theater and cinema at the Sorbonne. Afterwards, she moved to Berlin where she continued studying directing at the DffB (German Film and Television Academy) until her graduation.
She has worked in publishing and has collaborated on Lies and Vanities, a musical project.
After directing short films during her studies (Petit Conte pour enfant majeur, Squash), she worked as an assistant to internationally renowned directors such as Angela Schanelec, Valeska Grisebach, Claire Denis. She has also been commissioned as a consultant for scenario on many occasions (Lourdes, Jessica Hausner, Official Competition Venice Film Festival 2009).
The Edge is her first feature film.
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Screenplay: Géraldine Bajard
Director of Photography: Josée Deshaies
Sound: Olivier Dandré
Production Design: Daniel Bevan
Editing: Bettina Böhler
Music: Mrs. Good
Producers: Tom Dercourt, Britta Knöller, Hans-Christian Schmid
Produced by: Cinéma Defacto, 23/5 Filmproduktion
Format: 35 mm / 1:1,85 / Color / Dolby SRD
Length: 110 min
Original language: French
Original title: La lisiere