Channelling Baby (1999)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Psychological Drama  |   Run Time - 92 min.  |   Countries - New Zealand   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Mark Deming

A woman who turns to a psychic to find out what happened to her daughter discovers more than she expected when she's reunited with her estranged husband. Bunnie (Danielle Cormack) was a member of New Zealand's hippie counterculture in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and in 1971 she went blind after staring into the sun during an eclipse while under the influence of drugs. One of the last things she saw before her eyes gave out was a soldier named Geoff (Kevin Smith), soon to ship out for Vietnam. When Geoff returns home wounded, he ends up in the same hospital as Bunnie; they fall in love and eventually marry. They have a daughter, but Geoff's stability and Bunnie's free-spirited nature prove a poor match, and one day Geoff leaves her, taking the child with him. Bunnie is soon convinced that both Geoff and the baby have died, and she sinks into a sea of sorrow and regret. After two decades, Bunnie encounters Cassandra (Amber Sainsbury), who claims to have psychic powers to put her in touch with her child. Her abilities as a medium notwithstanding, Cassandra and her brother Tony (Joel Tobeck) are able to track down Geoff, and they invite him to a seance, where a variety of stories emerge about what could have happened to Bunnie's child. Leading actress Danielle Cormack is a popular favorite in her native New Zealand, thanks to her role on the television series Xena.