The Errand of Angels
Christian Vuissa (screenplay) Starring Erin Chambers
Bettina Schwarz Music by Robert Allen Elliott Cinematography Brian Wilcox Distributed by Excel Entertainment Group
The Errand of Angels is a 2008 American LDS cinema drama film directed and produced by Christian Vuissa who also wrote the screenplay. Starring Erin Chambers, Rachel Emmers and Bettina Schwarz, the film is based on the experiences of Heidi Johnson while working as a missionary in Austria for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Sister Rachel Taylor (Erin Chambers) of Boise, Idaho is an eager young missionary of the LDS Church who has been sent on an 18-month-long mission to Austria. Rachel finds herself having a hard time adjusting to her new cultural surroundings in the foreign country. Due to differences in opinion, she is also unable to get along with the companion missionary that was assigned to her by the church. Taking a note from the very teachings she is trying to spread, Rachel eventually learns to accept others' differences and get along peacefully with her companions even if they disagree on how to go about conducting the work for which they volunteered.
Release and box office performance
The Errand of Angels was screened at several locations before its theatrical release, starting on January 1, 2008. This included a screening at the Gloria Film Festival in West Valley City, Utah on July 31, 2008. The film was released theatrically on August 22 to a limited number of theatres. Filmed on an estimated budget of US$160,000, The Errand of Angels was in theatrical release until October 10, 2008 during which time it earned $195,184.
Film critic Jeff Vice of the Salt Lake City-based Deseret News awarded The Errand of Angels two and a half stars in his review of the film. Vice praised the film as being "one of the more earnest and well-intentioned movies in recent memory" while, at the same, faulting it for being "preachy" and "a little talky and a little dry as a result". Vice compared The Errand of Angels to The Best Two Years finding them similar in story and structure although believing that the former would be better had it contained some of the humor and light-heartedness found in the latter.
Richard Propes of The Independent Critic called the film an "insightful, touching and funny story" and he commended the director claiming that "Vuissa paints a richly human portrait of Sister Taylor".