A Mysterious Stranger
Vincent Ward’s “Vigil” is the story of a stranger who appears in a remote New Zealand farmland at the exact time a farmer accidentally falls to his death. The stranger then grows close to some of the dead man s family, to the point where he and the widow become lovers. However, the widow’s eleven-year-old daughter, Toss (Fiona Kay), who is struggling to come to terms with the death of her father as well as her impending womanhood, believes him to be the devil and begins protecting her family and their homestead.
This movie is as strange as it is compelling with its switches from fantasy to reality. “Vigil” is a powerful coming-of-age tale about a young girl and it was beautifully shot in the back country by a young director. We are taken into the heart of a girl at the edge of womanhood.
The gorgeous New Zealand back-country scenery is amazing and the acting is excellent all around. I see this as a meditation on the transition from child to adult and this is a film that you do not want to miss.
SPECIAL EDITION contents include:
High Definition (Blu-ray) presentation
Original mono audio (uncompressed LPCM)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
Brand-new appreciation by film critic Nick Roddick, recorded exclusively for this release
On-set report from the long-running New Zealand television program Country Calendar
Extract from a 1987 Kaleidoscope television documentary on New Zealand cinema, focusing on Vigil and Vincent Ward
FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Carmen Gray