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Vigil

Drama 1h 30m 1984

AroView: A young girl’s world is transformed when her father dies and a enigmatic stranger arrives in his wake. Our unique landscape provides a magnificent and atmospheric backdrop for Vincent Ward’s mesmerising debut feature, our first to be invited into competition at the Cannes Film Festival (1984).

This is one of the darkest coming-of-age stories ever told, the lines between sex and death blurred to a point they are barely recognizable. Stark cinematography captures the bleakness of the landscape that perfectly matches the fractured psyches of its inhabitants. Yet at the same time, the film has its own unique beauty, a kind of blasted poetry that will leave viewers rocked to the core.

Director

Vincent Ward

Language

English

Country

New Zealand

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