Janet McTeer – actress – Angelica
FRED’s Chiara Nicoletti meets Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Janet McTeer, actress in the film Angelica by Mitchell Lichtenstein, presented in the Panorama Special section of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
Janet McTeer plays the role of Anne Montague in Angelica, a woman that masters the art of clearing houses from spirits and ghosts but basically her skills and tasks can be easily compared to what a therapist does nowadays. Thanks to her presence, Constance (Jena Malone) , mother of Angelica, will be able to fight against the difficulties of being a young woman in a close and conservative society and will eventually find a companion destined to last for all her life.
Plot: In Victorian England, innocent shopgirl Constance falls in love with Dr. Joseph Barton, a medical researcher. They soon marry, but their intense passion is cut short. After the life-threatening birth of daughter Angelica, puritanical doctors order abstinence, condemning Constance for lascivious appetites. Sexual repression opens a rift between the young couple. Frustration leads to obsession, and Constance becomes more and more protective of Angelica. Joseph’s secrets fuel the growing conflicts. Then, late at night, the household begins to be disrupted by what appears to be a paranormal predator. The eerie nocturnal visits multiply, evermore menacing and vividly evoking Constance’s deepest fears. With the help of staunch maid Nora, Constance reaches out to a spiritualist to cleanse the home of its terrors. But the arrival of charismatic Anne Montague brings even more complexities to the deteriorating Barton household. Constance places her deepest trust in Anne, and together they fight against a force that may be more sinisterly human than supernatural.