Wow...pretty generic plot, a bit melodramatic, but the performances are so intense that it manages to transcend the basic plot elements. A brutal look at domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism and so on. The Auckland setting really makes it as well, there is a fantastic contrast between the present situation of the Maori and their proud heritage.
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.
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.
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.