With An Angel at My Table, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Jane Campion brings to the screen the harrowing true-life story of Janet Frame, New Zealand’s most distinguished author. Angel beautifully captures the color and power of the New Zealand landscape.
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Initially made for New Zealand television and shown in 3 parts. The cinematic virtues of the film found it audiences world wide in theatrical exhibition. The story of Janet Frame, novelist, is one that shines a light on so called psychiatric treatment of the time period that centered out the 'odd' non-comformists of society. Frame's story is well adapted by Laura Jones and given visual mastery by the filmmakers.
Elsewhere, Campion has managed to give us the sense of an entire life by showing us one small, pertinent slice. To say this suffers from being episodic is to be less than gracious, so I will simply underscore that biopics are worse when they assume the outcome (sublime genius) of their events before the get-go. Essential viewing because her stylistic talent: for silence, for amazing close-ups, never let up.
Mas que el retrato de una escritoria, Campion retrata la historia de una mujer, sobre cómo su comportamiento hasta cierto punto tiene de hermético, curioso (para bien o para mal), pero se percibe algo cautivador en su alrededor. "Un ángel en mi mesa" tiene la oportunidad de ser un drama saturado, incluso trágico, sin embargo su directora se niega a esto. Su centro es la timidez y esa obstinación por el escribir.