It's pretty hard to see past the neo-colonial praise heaped onto this, most of which applauded the film for being "emancipatory" for a "primitive" Maori culture... Brendan Hokowhitu asked: "would Whale Rider have been such a success if it forced the western audience to consider their role in the oppression of Maori people or other indigenous groups?"
Was expecting Free Willie, Maori version. Got nothing of the sort. Was not disappointed. It is really well-acted, heartfelt and empowering and it has a nice balance of realism and a broader, legendary scale that I really appreciate.
annoying story,happened in a patriarchal society. There is an idea emphasized to the desire mythological, lagging behind the era inside film. but it is dragging audiences to familiar end rather than shock the audience ..this film has similarities with the difficulties faced by females inside mindset of middle eastern societies. But this is not a criticism,it is portrait of a girl who is trying to prove herself here.
it was really slow and quiet but nevertheless great. never underestimate women. that grandpa really I have no words…made my heart cringe. but finally in the end he saw light. but it was painful to see till then. but such an important message!
There is something extremely pleasing about this film, I can't quite put my finger on it. The visual aspects are amazing, obviously. Maybe is it the social dynamics being described in a realistic and sense bearing way?
Absolutely beautiful, immersing the viewer in the depths of Maori culture through the prophetic path of a little girl - a true fighter. Thumbs up for Niki Caro and, of course, the brilliant Keisha Castle-Hughes.
A beautiful film that has something positive to say about feminism and yet doesn't beat you over the head with it. Castle-Hughes does a great job, and the movie stays interesting throughout. Hold onto your dicks.