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An Angel at My Table (1990)

Janet Frame was a brilliant child who, as a teen, was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia. Explore Janet's discovery of the world and her life in Europe as her books are published to acclaim.

Director:

Jane Campion

Writers:

Janet Frame (autobiographical books "To the Is-Land", "An Angel at My Table" and "The Envoy from Mirror City"), Laura Jones (screenplay)
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Cast

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

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sensuality and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #301. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Outrageous Fortune: Get Thee to Bed (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Two Sisters
Written by William Dart
Used by permission of William Dart
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As much emotion as one heart can hold
24 January 2006 | by futures-1See 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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Country:

New Zealand | Australia | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 September 1990 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Ibiza, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,905, 27 May 1991

Gross USA:

$1,054,638

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,055,995
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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