An Angel at My Table (1990) is the story of one of New Zealand’s famous writer, Janet Frame; although I unaware of Janet or this film before. The film follows her through her childhood, her interest in books a very shy and reclusive person she became a teaching. On suffering a panic attack in front of a teaching inspector, she was misdiagnosis with having schizophrenia and she ended up in a mental institution for eight years of persistent electric shock treatment. While in hospital her sister has some of her short stories published which won Janet a national literary award. Immediately the hospitals authority’ release her on the grounds that she could not possible need such treatment. The film goes on to document the change in her life which follows, she writes and travels throughout Europe becoming a successful writer.
Directed by Jane Campion it’s simply told, the cinematography and the New Zealand scenery is amazing. If you see An Angel at my table in your local video store or local library get it out, it’s well worth watching.
Categories: Film and TV