Cult Movie Essentials

Cult Movie Essentials: Anna to the Infinite Power (1982)

Based on the book Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames, Robert Wiemer’s movie opens with a twelve-year-old girl called Anna Hart (Martha Byrne) at a school for gifted children. Anna is shown as a genius and unfortunately also a kleptomaniac. We see Anna insulting her teachers, and we learn that Anna gets headaches when she stares at fires and flickering lights, and suffers from strange, prophetic dreams.

As the film develops Michaela Dupont (Donna Mitchell), a piano teacher moves in next door. Mysteriously Dupont has photos of Anna and a similar-looking girl taken in 1970!

Then one day Anna sees her exact double on local TV news when a commuter plane makes a forced landing nearby, and she learns that her double, Anna Smithson, has the same family setting as hers — the child of a scientist and a musician…

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