Alexia Keogh in An Angel at My Table © Felix Media
Alexia Keogh in An Angel at My Table © Felix Media
An Angel at My Table © Felix Media

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An Angel at My Table

Jane Campion | New Zealand, Australia, UK, USA | 1990 | M

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Campion’s portrait of Janet Frame, one of New Zealand’s most celebrated authors, is an enthralling, heart-wrenching study of female genius.

Falsely diagnosed with schizophrenia as an adult, Janet Frame was one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed authors. Her extraordinary life was chronicled in three autobiographical novels that were adapted into this enthralling and heartbreaking coming-of-age tale charting Frame’s life from her childhood through to her time in a psychiatric hospital to international renown.

Featuring an outstanding performance from Kerry Fox as the adult Frame, An Angel at My Table is a fascinating study of a rare subject: the stigma of female genius. Revered director Claire Denis (Beau Travail) remarked, “this film changed my life as a woman, not simply as a filmmaker.”

Grand Special Jury Prize, Venice 1990.

This is not a hyped-up biopic or a soap opera, but simply the record of a life as lived, beginning in childhood with a talented, dreamy girl whose working-class parents loved her, and continuing to follow her as she was gradually shunted by society into a place that almost killed her.

Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun Times)

Format: DCP
Language: English & Spanish with English subtitles
Source: Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission.
Courtesy: Felix Media
Runtime: 158 mins

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158 mins



Contains occasional coarse language and mature themes.


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