Anchoress (1993)





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In the fourteenth century, few options were open to women, and anyone showing the slightest degree of independence was likely to be denounced as a witch and summarily burned. In this story, young Christine (Natalie Morse) has a strong devotion to the Virgin Mary, and has asked to be walled up in the church as an anchorite for the rest of her life. This suits her ambitious parish priest (Christopher Eccleston) perfectly, and she is forthwith walled up. Her mother (Toyah Wilcox), an herbalist, midwife and wise-woman, is not of the same mind, but she is not only ignored, but soon runs afoul of the local authorities. Meanwhile, Christine is adapting to her new life in strange ways, and finds ways to transcend her imprisonment through making good use of the completely unusual privacy it affords. In one erotic scene, she even manages to find a physical expression for her mystical marriage. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Natalie Morse
as Christine Carpenter
Pete Postlethwaite
as William Carpenter
Michaël Pas
as Drover
Toyah Willcox
as Pauline Carpenter
Ann Way
as Alice
David Boyce
as Ragged Martin
Timothy Barlow
as Old Pilgrim
Jan Decleir
as Mason
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Critic Reviews for Anchoress

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"Ecstasy and orthodoxy in the 14th Century!" proclaims the cover art for the film, though the ecstasy is entirely of a spiritual nature. Sort of a modern, post-feminist response to films like The Seventh Seal, this film may prove difficult for the average consumer but rewards patient viewers with stunning imagery and plenty of food for thought.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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