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The Thirteenth Tale (2013)

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.

Director:

James Kent

Writers:

Christopher Hampton, Diane Setterfield (based on novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Janet Amsden Janet Amsden ... The Missus
Alice Barlow Alice Barlow ... Moira
Isabel Barlow Isabel Barlow ... Young Margaret
Emily Beecham ... Isabelle March
Antonia Clarke ... Young Emmeline
Olivia Colman ... Margaret Lea
Jacqueline Davis Jacqueline Davis ... Judith
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Dr. Mawsley
Lizzie Hopley Lizzie Hopley ... Theodora Mawsley
Michael Jibson ... Charlie Angelfield
Adam Long ... Ambrose Proctor
Steven Mackintosh ... Dr. Clifton
Madeleine Power ... Emmeline & Adeline, age 9
Robert Pugh ... John The Dig
Vanessa Redgrave ... Vida Winter
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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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Drama | Mystery

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Vanessa Redgrave portrays Vida Winter in this film, and her sister, Lynn Redgrave, portrays the part of Vida Winter in the audiobook by Diane Setterfield, on which this film is based. See more »

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Vida Winter: Feeling guilty doesn't do anybody any good.
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A Tale of family woe
3 January 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The film was pushed as a spooky, supernatural story when it is more of a thriller.

Vanessa Redgrave is the dying writer. Olivia Coleman is the biographer called in to write a story of her youth in a large house with a dysfunctional family.

A mother who went mad. A father on the verge of madness plus uncontrollable sisters who are a burden to the housekeepers.

The film takes a while to get going but the book has been adapted for the screen by Oscar winner Christopher Hampton.

As the film develops, secrets are revealed about the twin sisters and their effect of the people around them.

The film is well acted and the story gradually draws you in and surprises you as it does not go the way you think it will.

Of course I have never read the book so no comparison is made with the novel. It's a drama that stands in its own merits.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Heyday Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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