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Anchoress (1993)

Not Rated | | Drama | May 1995 (USA)
In fourteenth-century England, peasant girl Christine Carpenter is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest (who lusts after her) suggests she be walled up in the ... See full summary »

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Chris Newby
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Natalie Morse Natalie Morse ... Christine Carpenter
Gene Bervoets ... Reeve (as Eugene Bervoets)
Toyah Willcox ... Pauline Carpenter
Pete Postlethwaite ... William Carpenter
Christopher Eccleston ... Priest
Michael Pas ... Drover
Brenda Bertin Brenda Bertin ... Meg Carpenter
Annette Badland ... Mary
Veronica Quilligan ... Daisy
Julie T. Wallace ... Bertha
Ann Way ... Alice
François Beukelaers François Beukelaers ... Bishop
Jan Decleir ... Mason
David Boyce David Boyce ... Ragged Martin
Mieke De Groote Mieke De Groote ... Ragged Martin's Wife
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In fourteenth-century England, peasant girl Christine Carpenter is so attracted to a statue of the Virgin Mary that the local priest (who lusts after her) suggests she be walled up in the church as an anchoress, a holy woman with responsibility for blessing the villagers. But when the priest has Christine's mother tried as a witch, she digs herself out of her cell, a crime for which the punishment is death... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Ecstasy and orthodoxy in the 14th century!

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Ann Way's last film. She died before release. See more »

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In one scene the Bishop uses a telescope - 400 years before they were invented. See more »

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Featured in Arcadia (2017) See more »

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God wants you to live in the wall...
30 August 2004 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Anchoress" (English/Dutch): I've watched this one over and over. I don't own it yet, but I will. It is fascinating, beautiful, strange, and insightful. "Anchoress" takes place during the European Medieval period, when humans survived at the mud level. This story is about one young woman who tries to find comfort and beauty inside the church,

with the 'Mother Mary'...or at least a poorly made icon. She hasn't the capability of deciphering her motives, and soon offers herself to the church as an "Anchoress" - a person devoted to God, relinquishing all worldly connections, and being voluntarily cemented into a small crawl space of her church's wall (!) - for the rest of her life. Strange times, those...except we see that the priest considers this a good marketing move for the church (to have such an "attraction"). Yet, things don't go the way anyone predicted... "Anchoress" is shot in some of the most powerful black & white film I've ever seen (equal to Bergman or Lynch), has an incredibly sensitive sound track (not music) attuned to the daily life of Earth, and, a camera that loves to be thoughtful and intimate. Each shot is a composed, artful image worthy of Rembrandt. If Rembrandt had used a movie camera, with b/w film, this could've been one of his films. Despite, or because of, the near total lack of dialog, there are scenes you will never forget. This is a very grounded film, while being mystical at the same time. Perhaps that's part of the attraction. It deals with our dual urges to rise above daily life, yet revel in it at the same time. I understand more upon each viewing of "Anchoress".


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