Archive of films Falling Angels / Falling Angels
2003, 101 min
Section: Another View
The story of the Field family circa the 1960s. The father is a tyrant who terrorizes his resigned wife and, mainly, his three daughters. Lou, Sandy, and Norma all try, each in her own way, to free themselves from the influence of a dysfunctional family marked by tragedy.
Set in the 1960s, the story revolves around the Field household as told in the novel of the same name by Barbara Gowdy. Jim is the father, a remorseless tyrant who treats his wife and three daughters with the sensitivity of a drill sergeant. Mom, who may be generally found lounging on the couch watching television, has many personal problems, among them deep depression that leaves her without the strength to deal effectively with her children. The girls stand at the door of womanhood and each tries in her own way to rid herself of the family’s stifling influence. Rebellious Lou finds escape in a relationship with an American hippie, the attractive blonde Sandy dreams of becoming a super housewife, and shy Norma, who doesn’t know where to turn, finds a possible way out of the vicious circle of family hatred in friendship with a girl from the neighbourhood. In their memories the three sisters return to childhood and to a tragedy which turned the family upside down...
About the director
Scott Smith shot Falling Angels as his second feature. He graduated in film from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and now works as a director for the Canadian Film Centre. He was an editor in Vancouver, and also directed various television series and programmes (e.g. "The Chris Isaak Show"). Smith’s short film Sshhh (1996) was nominated for Canada’s Genie Award for Best Live Action Short. His feature debut, Rollercoaster (1999), was awarded Most Popular Canadian Film at the festival in Vancouver.
About the film
Color, 35 mm
|Screenplay:||Esta Spalding podle románu / based on the novel by Barbara Gowdy|
|Dir. of Photography:||Greg Middleton|
|Cast:||Miranda Richardson, Keith Rennie, Katharine Isabelle, Monté Gagné, Kristin Adams|