Vigil

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

In the farming country of New Zealand, Kay is an 11-year-old girl living with her widowed mother, Stewart, and grandfather Kerr. Stewart is beginning to cope without her husband, not realizing how painful the marriage truly was. Whitten is a stranger who enters and meets their various needs. Kerr takes him on as a partner in his practical jokes and oddball...read more

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In the farming country of New Zealand, Kay is an 11-year-old girl living with her widowed mother, Stewart, and grandfather Kerr. Stewart is beginning to cope without her husband, not realizing how painful the marriage truly was. Whitten is a stranger who enters and meets their various

needs. Kerr takes him on as a partner in his practical jokes and oddball inventions, while Stewart learns once more what love is like. The story is seen through Kay's eyes as she learns to deal with her father's death and the involvement that Whitten has with her small family. VIGIL is beautifully

photographed with a tight ensemble that skillfully handles the sensitive material. Kay herself is a natural in a difficult role for a child, carrying the story without resorting to any precocious tricks. However, like real life, this story does have a few dull stretches, though not enough to

detract from its overall quality. The relationships are realistic, casting a wonderfully humanistic feeling to the film. Director Ward, only 27 at the time, made two award-winning shorts before turning to features with this work. It reportedly was in the planning stages for four years before

finally going to camera in 1983.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: In the farming country of New Zealand, Kay is an 11-year-old girl living with her widowed mother, Stewart, and grandfather Kerr. Stewart is beginning to cope without her husband, not realizing how painful the marriage truly was. Whitten is a stranger who e… (more)

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