An Angel at My Table
First screened and reviewed in February 1999 / Most recently screened in July 2017
Director: Jane Campion. Cast: Kerry Fox, Alexia Keough, Karen Fergusson, Kevin J. Wilson, Samantha Townsley, Iris Churn. Screenplay: Laura Jones (based on the autobiographies To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table, and The Envoy from Mirror City by Janet Frame).

Twitter Capsule: I didn't get this at 20. I'm glad I do now. A heroic tribute to shyness, oddity, and life-saving creativity.

VOR:   Remarkable synthesis of Campion's ineluctable eccentricities with a humble tribute to someone else's spirit and voice. Unusual for film or television.

Photo © 1990 Hibiscus Films/New Zealand Film Commission/
Television New Zealand/Australian Broadcasting Corporation/
Channel Four Films, © 1991 Fine Line Features

Review in hospital: i.e., a very early piece that I can no longer get behind. Stay tuned for a revisit. Grade: A–

(in February 1999: C+)

Venice Film Festival: Grand Special Jury Prize; Little Golden Lion; OCIC Award
Toronto International Film Festival: International Critics' Award
Independent Spirit Awards: Best Foreign Film
Chicago Film Critics Association: Best Foreign Language Film (??)

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