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An Angel at My Table

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New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom
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1990

Rated R · 2h 38m

Director Jane Campion
Starring Kerry Fox, Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Iris Churn

Genre Drama

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Based on the autobiography of New Zealand author Janet Frame and divided into three sections: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Frame grows up in an impoverished family, with her youth full of tragedy, culminating in the death of two of her siblings. She is then placed in a mental institution, misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. It is in her adulthood where she finds literary success.

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Washington Post by

For Americans, the measured accumulation of detail can be frustrating. It's like listening to a story about someone you barely know and being forced to prompt the teller, "And then? And then?"
80

Empire by David Parkinson

Campion's grasp of her material is intellectually and emotionally assured, while Fox's extraordinary performance demonstrates an honesty, courage and power that's rarely attempted, let alone achieved.
67

Entertainment Weekly by Owen Gleiberman

Told in Campion’s fancifully fractured style, An Angel at My Table is very accomplished, but it’s also an epic act of perversity: a 2-hour-and-38-minute movie about a wallflower.
100

Chicago Sun-Times by Roger Ebert

It tells its story calmly and with great attention to human detail and, watching it, I found myself drawn in with a rare intensity.

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