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An Angel at My Table (1990)

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 ... See full summary »

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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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Biography | Drama

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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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Trivia

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 »

Connections

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

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Ay, Pilato; Quisiera Yo Renegar
"Esquilones De Plata"
Performed by Herma Keil
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As much emotion as one heart can hold
24 January 2006 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"An Angel at My Table" (New Zealand, 1990): It's been three years since I've last watched this film. There is NO further reason to wonder if it should be in my "top" category. It is created by Jane Campion from the writer Janet Frame's autobiographies of her harrowing life. We join Janet during childhood, move through the teenage years and into adulthood, as she struggles for a place - ANY place - in the world...but deep down, writing is her one reliable love. Three actresses were needed for the role of Janet, and all do wonderful jobs, especially depicting someone who always feels on the outside, and longs to be included. Jane Campion, one of my favorite film makers, presents a powerful, subdued, and melancholy work of Art. It is not an amazing film due to every camera shot or the quality of sound recording… THIS work is great for its acting, and its story telling. It has as much emotion as one heart can hold for 157 minutes.


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