A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives.

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Bill Kerr ...
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Fiona Kay ...
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A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives.

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The film was nominated for three New Zealand Listener Awards / New Zealand Film & TV Awards during the mid-1980s- Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Screenplay - Original, but the picture failed to take home a gong in any of these categories. See more »

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Featured in Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill (1995) See more »

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Everyone has to start somewhere
16 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vigil has some good ideas, and occasional moments when they're realized fairly well, but this is anything but a satisfying movie. There's virtually no content at all, and it is painfully slow in revealing its emptiness. None of the characters are compelling, the scenery, is unremittingly gray and bleak, the mood is as drab as the leaden sky under which it's filmed.

At this point in time, NZ films were often remarkable only for their weirdness, and Vigil, although tender and with heart, is not an exception.

Vigil's greatest value may be as a study in Vincent Ward's development, which burst open to reveal his wonderful talent in the remarkable gem, The Navigator, two years later, the first of some first-class movies from New Zealand, such as The Piano, Whale Rider, and of course, The Lord of the Rings.


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