Vigil (1984)

  • Drama
  • 1h 30m
Release Date: February/1984

For 11-year-old Lisa “Toss” Peers (Fiona Kay), life on the remote family farm was unremarkable…until hulking drifter Ethan Ruir (Frank Whitten) brought home her father’s body in the wake of an accident. As Ethan insinuates himself in the household as hired help - and into an affair with Toss’s mother (Penelope Stewart) the young girl’s distrust manifests in a stunning manner. Striking debut feature for director Vincent Ward (“What Dreams May Come”) co-stars Bill Kerr, Gordon Shields. The first New Zealand film selected to screen in competition at the Cannes film festival. 90 min.


Vincent Ward