A young girl decides to become an Anchoress, a female hermit, enclosed in a small cell attached to the village church.


'Unless the person involved is very holy indeed, there is a degree of self-aggrandisement in sainthood. Chris Newby's 'Anchoress'. a film set in the Middle Ages, plays slyly with that notion in its story of a young woman who choses to be walled up for the rest of her life. As she sets the last stone of her tomb into place and fixes it with mortar, there is a sense of perfect happiness upon her face, and although it may be sanctity, it is also the look of a teenager who has, at last, gotten out from under the thumbs of her parents.' 

Roger Ebert
Director                                                                                                    Chris Newby
Screenplay by Judith Stanley Smith/Christine Watkins

Producer                                                                        Ben Gibson and Paul Bruels
Editor                                                                                                    Brand Thumin
Production Designer                                                                             Niek Kortikass
Director of Photography                                                                        Michel Baudour

Main Cast
Christine Carpenter                                                                             Nathalie Morse
Pauline Carpenter                                                                               Toyah Wilcox
William Carpenter                                                                          Pete Postlethwaite
Meg Carpenter                                                                                    Brenda Berthin
Priest                                                                                         Christopher Eclleston
Drover                                                                                                Michel Pass
The Reeve                                                                                         Gene Bervoets



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