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A small budget film, it is beautifully directed, writen, acted, and filmed. The actors performances so on spot that that you can forget that your watching a 'performance' and start to feel that your watching real events from a fly on the wall perspective.
Based on the novel "Nights in the Gardens of Spain" by renowned Maori writer Witi Ihimaera, the story of Kawa and his extended family are brought to the screen in this film. Calvin Tutearo brings Kawa to life, showing the conflict he is experiencing and the consequences of his choices on himself and others. Nathalie Bolt evokes our sympathy as his wife who has done no wrong, and Vicki Haughton as his mother plays a Dragon Lady par excellence. George Henare is his father and patriarch of the clan, and Pana Hema-Taylor is his hunky son. (Hema-Taylor is known for his role on the TV show "Spartacus.")
One thing that this move does well is to show the lives of middle-class New Zealanders that get up and go to work every day and have normal lives. They live in nice homes and are surrounded by the natural beauty of New Zealand. 'Tis refreshing to see Maoris portrayed who are not experiencing all sorts of social problems and with whom many modern Maoris today can certainly relate. What confronts Kawa and those around him are the realities that can afflict anyone. In his case, though the world may be changing for the young, it is changing more slowly for those who are older with established lives.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Liked this film. Natural and believable performances. I wish I'd reviewed it right away so i could be more descriptive, but I liked it.Published 2 months ago by MS
Overall this was an interesting and beautiful story, however it would have been helpful to know that its a ultimately a conflict that a homosexual male has in juggling his many... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bookmaven
Love this movie, I believe this was tastefully done. Director didn't expose every detail, it was left to the imagination. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joan
Very good movie. Nice to see a new Zealand cultural angle on the genre of coming out stories. Very raw and realistic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Joshua
Good story, would have liked more details added to smooth the transitions between scenes, but overall above the average.Published 18 months ago by Christopher Norton