Jake and Beth Heke (Temurea Morrison and Rena Owen) are a couple of Maori descent who are living in a slum in Aukland. While it’s obvious that they still love each other, Jake’s alcoholism has driven a wedge into their relationship and has left their children emotionally scarred.
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One of the most disturbing and brilliant films I have ever seen. You will feel chills every time you see a haka after this film. You will also wonder why, out of all the people in the world, they cloned Jake the Mus in star wars.
This is a hard one to watch, but well worth it.
pretty sure i watched this as a kid once, so glad i watched it again. wonderfully brutally honest portrayal of domestic abuse, cultural tensions, and struggle with individual identity in the great scheme of it all.
Um dos piores filmes que tenho visto. Uma denúncia muito fraca, muito demagógica, de uma cultura violenta e desestruturada. Péssimas interpretações dos actores principais. Realização fácil e barata. A sua classificação no IMDb e os muitos prémios que ganhou mostram bem como podem ser pouco credíveis muitos dos sistemas de certificação que existem, funcionando com propósitos exteriores ao cinema.
I've seen this film at least a dozen times; as brutal as it is, I still come away with some hope, due to daughter Grace's beautiful soul, and the Mother's dogged determination to save her family. Sad state of affairs for the aboriginal peoples in New Zealand, Australia, U.S., here in Canada.to name a few. There were some truly lovely moments, and a outstanding cast.
I like this. The dynamics of a rough-and-tough family are expertly analysed and the gritty and documentary-esque nature of the content is powerful but the horrible acting and a very hit-and-miss script effect it a little bit.
Powerful drama does little to scratch the surface of this emotional and psychologically riveting film about New Zealanders torn apart by poverty, alcoholism and the collision between tradition and change. The performances are beautiful, heart breaking and carefully realized by director Lee tamahori.
What gives this film longevity and relevance is in the quiet between war - where the heart and mind lives apart.