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Vigil (1984)

Not Rated | | Drama | 15 August 1986 (USA)
A lonely girl living on an isolated, mist-cloaked farm is confronted with the changes wrought by a stranger that arrives.

Director:

Vincent Ward

Writers:

Fiona Lindsay (with assistance from), Graeme Tetley | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Stewart Penelope Stewart ... Elizabeth Peers
Frank Whitten ... Ethan Ruir
Bill Kerr ... Birdie
Fiona Kay Fiona Kay ... Lisa Peers (Toss)
Gordon Shields Gordon Shields ... Justin Peers
Arthur Sutton Arthur Sutton
Bob Morrison Bob Morrison
Snow Turner Snow Turner
Lloyd Grundy Lloyd Grundy
Bill Liddy Bill Liddy
Joseph Ritai Joseph Ritai
Maurice Trewern Maurice Trewern
Josie Herlihy Josie Herlihy
Eric Griffin Eric Griffin
Sadie Marriner Sadie Marriner
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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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dojrzewanie See more »

Filming Locations:

New Zealand

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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According to the film's New Zealand Film Study Guide, the picture influenced such subsequent Kiwi movies as Rain (2001), Whale Rider (2002), and The Piano (1993). See more »

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

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A moody, arresting piece filled with the unexpected.
4 March 2000 | by Harbert1See all my reviews

Vincent Ward's work in this film reminded me of the use of images by Bergman in his early films. Rough country, silhouetted figures, unexpected angles and movement, an avoidance of bright colour.

We have to struggle to get to know the characters a little, and that is what I found was drawing myself in to the film. Ward could be accused of not telling the story fully enough. I found that his style kept me wondering what might happen next.


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