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The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  30 December 2013 (UK)
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Follows aging novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Amsden ...
The Missus
Alice Barlow ...
Isabel Barlow ...
Young Margaret
Isabelle March
Young Emmeline
Margaret Lea
Jacqueline Davis ...
Dr. Mawsley
Theodora Mawsley
Charlie Angelfield
Ambrose Proctor
Dr. Clifton
Emmeline & Adeline, age 9
John The Dig


The story of the residents of Angelfield House and follows ageing novelist Vida Winter, who enlists a young writer to finally tell the story of her life - including her mysterious childhood spent in Angelfield House, which burned to the ground when she was a teenager. Written by Diane Setterfield

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Soaks into the bones of you
6 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Gothic. I have been steadily reading my way through the back-catalogue of greats from Le Fanu through Poe, M R James to Will Self. I like not just to read and enjoy, but to carry a story with me forever. For that to happen the story has to get inside of me; it has to creep in slowly under my skin, and then shake me up from the inside. The Thirteenth tale does just that. From the off, the makers employ all the best Gothic themes in order to summon feeling; the grand but degenerate house,wildly baroque gardens,sense-memory flashbacks, costume, unheimlich twins. It adds to the tension with filmic techniques- the pared down narrative,filters, uncanny usage of colour,slow close-ups and misty long-shots. The result is pure feeling. For me, the feeling begins as mystery and a slow sense of disorientation and unreality, but develops through anxiety, into something unnameable strange and completely absorbing. This film is pure Gothic. I feel alarmed, I feel shaky. This film will live with me for a while yet.

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