An Angel at My Table (Director Approved Special Edition)

Starring: Kerry Fox & Alexia Keogh Director: Jane Campion  Rated: R: Restricted
Rating 4.5
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 38 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.77
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Making Of
    • Audio Interview:
      1. Janet Frame (1983)
    • Audio Commentary: Jane Campion - Director/Stuart Dryburgh
    • Trailers: Theatrical Trailer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Essay By Film Critic Amy Taubin
    • Excerpts From Janet Frame's Autobiography Which Formed The Basis Of The Film

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Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 05/30/1991
"...A triumph..."
New York Times - 05/20/1991
"...A fine, rigorous adaptation....A very gentle film..."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/20/1994
"...[Campion's] trickiest and most delicate film..." -- Rating: B+
Film Comment - 11/01/1990
"...Touching....Beguiling..."
Los Angeles Times - 05/07/1992
"...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..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Synopsis:

Jane Campion's second feature focuses on the stormy life of one of New Zealand's most celebrated authors, Janet Frame.

Plot Keywords:

Classic | Injustice | Mental Illness | Personal Triumph | Recommended | Self-Discovery | Theatrical Release | True Story

Production Notes:

  • Shown at the New York Film Festival and the Sydney Film Festival in 1990.

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  • UPC: 715515016124
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