Sitting on the Edge of Marlene

2014 / HD Colour / 96 minutes

‘As role models go Marlene leaves much to be desired. She uses her sex appeal to con, cheat, entrap or blackmail men, and now that her looks are on the wane she hides behind pills or booze, or just takes off whenever the going gets tough. On the other hand, she’s savvy in her way, tough as nails, and no ordinary housewife, that’s for sure. When the rebellious Sammie takes up with a local evangelical Church this troubled mother-daughter relationship threatens to erupt into all-out warfare.

Poised between tragedy and black comedy, classical Hollywood glamour and contemporary independent grit (at one moment you might think of Tennessee Williams or Flannery O’Conner, and the next Xavier Dolan or Gus van Sant) this homegrown debut feature from the talented Ana Valine keeps glancing off in unexpected directions, delving into the crooked angles that keep the indomitable Marlene simultaneously unbearably distant and inescapably close.’
Vancity Theatre

“And Hallmark blanches.”

Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail

“…a lush, Sirkian retro quality that rather spoils the eye…a very strange ‘timelessness’”

Allan macInnis, Alienated in Vancouver

“…demands the audience question their own definitions of tragedy and survival, hope and despair, while evoking a range of emotions, as all art should.”

Jury Statement, Women in Film and Television Vancouver

“Sitting on the Edge of Marlene is a movie that rattles you and never lets you feel completely comfortable, which is exactly the appeal of it.””

Katie Nohr, Vancity Buzz

Screenings, Nominations, and Awards to date

  • VIFF (Vancouver International Film Festival):
    • Best Emerging BC Filmmaker Award
    • Best Canadian Feature Nomination
    • Best BC Film Nomination
    • The Women in Film and Television Artistic Merit Award
  • The Women In the Director’s Chair: Feature Film Award
  • WIFT-T Kodak: New Vision Mentorship Award
  • WIFTV Whistler Film Festival: Mentorship Award
  • The Female Eye Film Festival: Best Screenplay Award
  • Leo Award Nominations: Best Feature, Direction, Screenwriting, Picture Edit, Production Design and Female lead
  • Leo Awards: Best Direction & Production Design Awards
  • Female Eye Film Festival: Best Canadian Feature Award
  • Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations: Best Supporting Actor in a Canadian Film & Best First Film by a Canadian Director
  • Busan International Film Festival: Flash Forward Nomination


Writer/Director: Ana Valine

Producer: Amber Ripley

Executive Producers: Ana Valine, Rob Meriless, Bryan Glisserman

Cinematography: Steve Cosens

Production Design: Grant Pearse

Picture Edit: Lara Mazur, Fred Thorsen

Sound Design: Miguel Nunes

Music Score: Russell Broom

Production Compnay: Foundation Features / Rodeo Queen Pictures Inc

Based on: Billie Livingston’s novella


Suzanne Clément

Paloma Kwiatkowski

Callum Keith Rennie

Dakota Daulby


Canada – eOne | US – Breaking Glass Pictures

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