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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:

Vincent Ward (screenplay), Graeme Tetley (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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Drama

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The movie was the Winner of the Grand Prix (Best Film) Award at the Madrid Film Festival in 1984. See more »

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thoughtful, worthwhile and ultimately optimistic.
15 August 2019 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

A beautifully photographed movie where the characters seem more than usually shaped by their surroundings. The unremitting cold wet climate in the unforgiving New Zealand hills forces those making a life there to spend more of an effort than your average city dweller. The father dies, the grandfather goes crazy, the mother seeks another life or another partner and the little girl accepts it all because it is all she has known. I was reminded of Samuel Beckett and also of Werner Herzog and perhaps there is something of each of them here. The constant and wearing daily effort just to stay alive and an urge to test oneself further, almost to build castles in the sky. As with the writer there is also just enough humour to keep us engaged and to distract us occasionally from the absolute desperation and futility of those efforts. Not an easy or speedy watch but thoughtful, worthwhile and ultimately optimistic.


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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