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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alexia Keogh ...
Karen Fergusson ...
Iris Churn ...
Mother
Jessie Mune ...
Baby Janet
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Father
Francesca Collins ...
Baby Jane
Melina Bernecker ...
Myrtle
Mark Morrison ...
Bruddie Frame as child
Katherine Murray-Cowper ...
Young Isabel
Mark Thomson ...
Billy Delaware
Brenda Kendall ...
Miss Botting
Paul Moffat ...
Dis McIvor
Blair Hutchison ...
Bully Boy
David McAuslan ...
Bully Boy
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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 Mattias Thuresson

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Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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20 September 1990 (Australia)  »

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Un ange à ma table  »

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$1,100,000 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Kerry Fox gained two stones (12,7kg) for her role as Janet Frame. She managed this by drinking liters of Coca-Cola, eating packets of chocolate biscuits and going on the pill. See more »

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

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Simple beautiful story
3 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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