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An Angel at My Table

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • This sprawling, detailed film by Jane Campion (THE PIANO) tells the true story of Janet Frame, a painfully sensitive girl who managed to escape a dreary rural upbringing and eight years in a mental hospital to become New Zealand's premier poet. The film unfolds as a trilogy, with each section based on a different Frame autobiography. "To the Is-Land" chronicles her childhood and awkward teenage years. "An Angel at My Table" focuses on her time as a teacher and her horrifying mental institution experience. "The Envoy from Mirror City" finds Frame an emerging, critically lauded writer traveling on a grant in Europe and finding love for the first time.

    Kerry Fox, as the adult Frame, is astonishing. She transmits painfully self-aware shyness until it rubs off on the viewer. Campion expertly captures the details of Frame's time and place, creating a brutal, impersonal world by turns unremittingly dreary and starkly beautiful. Stunning, exhausting, brilliant, this acclaimed film debuted on New Zealand TV as a miniseries and was later edited for feature-length release internationally.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1611

  • Credits
    Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A triumph..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...A fine, rigorous adaptation....A very gentle film..."
    New York Times

    "...[Campion's] trickiest and most delicate film..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    Film Comment

    "...Low-key and naturalistic....The film is like reading a diary....A great compliment to Campion is that the movie never seems less than genuine..."
    Los Angeles Times

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