On The Verge

  • 18 Sep - 24 Sep, 2021
  • Mag The Weekly

On The Verge attempts to take a look at four forty-something women trying to recapture the lives they treasured before families, work and other commitments got in the way. It’s supposed to be a unique look at how women deal with their midlife crises; they don’t go buy sports cars like men might do, but nearing or passing the half-century mark is still jarring to them. Justine (Julie Delpy), a well-known chef who is writing a cookbook, has trouble finding a bodily cavity to describe a hole that has been torn out of her subject. No matter, she has to go to a birthday dinner for her friend Yasmin (Sarah Jones). She asks her husband Martin (Mathieu Demy) if he likes her dress; in his usual minimising fashion, he tells her to put a jacket over it. We also see the other two members of this friend group, all of whom live in a pre-pandemic Los Angeles, getting ready. Anne (Elisabeth Shue), sketches in her notebook as her family plays, while Ell (Alexia Landeau) has to scrape together change to buy a discounted bouquet of odourless roses. Delpy created and wrote On The Verge; her goal in creating the show was to examine how these four women, in their 40s and early 50s, all in different stations in life, are trying to recapture the lives they had envisioned for themselves.

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