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Vigil

1984 1h 30m Drama List
Reviews 62% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
After the accidental death of her father (Gordon Shields), a young farm girl named Toss (Fiona Kay) helps her mother, Elizabeth (Penelope Stewart), and her grandfather Birdie (Bill Kerr) maintain their farm. Toss also tries to deal with her father's death. But when the hunter (Frank Whitten) who found her father's body stays on the farm to help out, Toss grows disturbed by his intrusion into her world and to the intense sexual relationship that builds between him and Elizabeth. Read More Read Less

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Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com It's the performance of young Fiona Kay that turns Vigil into a near masterpiece. Rated: 3.5/4.0 Sep 26, 2020 Full Review Michelle Kisner The Movie Sleuth Those who have the patience to stick with this languid coming-of-age story will be richly rewarded with an occasionally dark and intriguing experience. Rated: 4/5 Mar 3, 2019 Full Review Rob Aldam Backseat Mafia Aesthetically dazzling, it's driven by characters and how they react with the world around them. Oct 31, 2018 Full Review Adam Lippe Examiner.com Alun Bollinger's absolutely stunning photography brings all this grimness to life in a unique way; never before have I been so aware of the effectiveness of a 16mm blow-up to 35mm. The earthiness of the grain is so essential to what works in Vigil. Jul 30, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Offbeat, mysterious, it takes it's time and is brilliant. The location is vivid and eerie I loved it. Might be hard to find. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member I'm not sure if i'm best calling this the most boring film i've ever seen, the most depressing or both... either way don't watch it Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member I think this is New Zealand's cinematic masterpiece to date. The visual language is extraordinary - the environment is bleak and gothic and as a viewer you almost feel crushed by the isolation of it, but it's poetry of a very unique and beautiful sensibility. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Better than River Queen thats for sure Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After the accidental death of her father (Gordon Shields), a young farm girl named Toss (Fiona Kay) helps her mother, Elizabeth (Penelope Stewart), and her grandfather Birdie (Bill Kerr) maintain their farm. Toss also tries to deal with her father's death. But when the hunter (Frank Whitten) who found her father's body stays on the farm to help out, Toss grows disturbed by his intrusion into her world and to the intense sexual relationship that builds between him and Elizabeth.
Director
Vincent Ward
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 20, 2018
Runtime
1h 30m
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