Personally I found this production at it's most effective when seen as it was originally intended as it is split through three episodes and time periods of life that is better to digest in small doses. At least, one could say that sometimes one's life story is stranger and better written and remembered than one's own written fiction. This movie confirms this.
You can definitely tell that this is the work of a great director in the making (go see The Piano asap). That said, I did find that there was a lack of thematic coherence in the narrative (biopics are hard like that) and that a lot of the acting was a bit over the top for my taste. Still though this was a pleasant and beautiful film.
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.
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.