Marvelous. Expertly told--the performance of Keisha Castle Hughes is up there with some of the finest/ most unforgettable performances I've seen. This film has the mysticism of the maori and carries its warrior heart. It's also a proudly feminist work that all girls should see.
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.
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.