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In 1920s and 1930s New Zealand, Janet Frame grows up in a poor family with lots of brothers and sisters. Already at an early age she is different from the other kids. She gets an education as a teacher but since she is considered abnormal she stays at a mental institution for eight years. Success comes when she starts to write novels. Written by
Oddly enough this is my favorite Jane Campion film. It's simply told, and the Janet Frame story comes through clearly, not with the rawness or complexity of Janet Frame's writing, but still with an honesty and beauty that is a part of what's best about great New Zealand film-making. Grant Major (Lord of the Rings) also did the design and visually it's a great reflection of what New Zealand of a certain time was like. But basically it's the story that's remarkable, dealing with how society treats the insane (it's probably a precursor and better version of Girl Interrupted), and how artists and writers find themselves.
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