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Kawa (2012)

Calvin Tuteao , Nathalie Bolt , Katie Wolfe  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Bolt, George Henare, Vicki Haughton, Dean O Gorman
  • Directors: Katie Wolfe
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Wolfe Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 8, 2012
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HC8DX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Thoughtful work is well supported by cast, and packaging is attractive, from locations to soundtrack choices. VARIETY --Wolfe

Product Description

Based on a novel by the creator of The Whale Rider A critically-acclaimed psychological drama depicting a family in crisis, Kawa tells the story of a successful businessman in New Zealand, as he is forced to reveal his lifelong secret that he is gay. Adapted from the Witi Ihimaera novel Nights in the Gardens of Spain by writer/director Katie Wolfe, Kawa stars Calvin Tuteao (Once Were Warriors), Nathalie Bolt (District 9), George Henare (Once Were Warriors), Vicki Haughton (Whale Rider) and Dean O Gorman (McLeod s Daughters). It is tradition that Kawariki (Calvin Tuteao) become the leader of the family now that his father is retiring. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film that speaks to a trueth June 21, 2012
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This film is a 'comeing out' story of a married man that shows his progress from a life of desperite missery and lies to one of courage and honesty--and how this is not an easy road to travel.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful film and story! February 3, 2014
By Clayton
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I still can't get over what a 'find' this film was. I've never been to New Zealand, and the beautiful cities and seascapes alone were enough to give this film five stars! The story line was educational. I later did some research to better understand the Moari people. That info would have been helpful before watching the film actually. That added layer of obligation, and duty to his sense of origin would have made some parts of the movie easier to track. While they did offer us some subtitles during more intimate tribal converstaions there were still words used that made no sense to a yankee like me. The other thing I enjoy about foreign films is that they don't always tie everything up in a beautiful Tiffany box and bow. This movie is no exception. Life doesn't resolve itself in 2 hours. The movie challenged it's viewers to think about life choices, desires, and the realtiies of following your heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting storyline October 13, 2012
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Enjoyed the story line, learning about a different culture, the acting was superb and authentic. Worth cost and invokes stimilating conversation and debate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Execellent story line.and acting August 20, 2012
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Great movie with a familiar story line but a different culture and country. Enjoyed learning about the New Zealand culture and attitude towards homosexuality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive Portrayal of Coming Out & Culture Clash February 23, 2014
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Interesting cultural story of a man finding his way to his real self and coming out to his familiy. Provides another look at how a man no longer in his prime comes to the realization that he want to lead a "real" life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but sad January 9, 2014
By Nolan
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Kawa's predicament is something not as uncommon as "moralists" think. People try so hard to live up to the expectations of their society, but quite often they struggle with being true to themselves. Excellent story, sad drama, especially since children and people who love Kawa so very much were involved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kawa August 21, 2012
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A lighthearted coming out movie The acting was great the storyline was true to what most gay men in the closet have to deal with
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie but not great December 21, 2012
By Fitz
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My partner and I enjoyed the movie modestly but it was ok. Not that different from other movies we have seen when an older man with wife and children fully realize that he was always gay form childhood but did not know how to express until later in life. There was not enough to the script or romane between him and the younger guy and nothing really juicy or interesting romance wise. Basically nothing memorable to talk about after seeing it. There should have been more to the plot.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally interesting
Interesting storyline and setting. Acting was efficiently convincing. Character interaction was both believable and representative of many of the struggles to "Come Out" to close... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Anthony J. Sikich
3.0 out of 5 stars Generic, trite and pat treatment of homosexuality in New Zealand
Despite the display of indigenous ceremonial customs in the film, Kawa presents a generic,trite, and pat treatment of homosexuality in New Zealand. Read more
Published 3 months ago by dsitruc
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Real and Well Done
I enjoyed learning a little something about the Maori people and their traditions. I hadn't ever even heard of them before watching this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MarkMark
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Done
Movie was well done and had a good story line. Not the typical cheesy gay film. Good actors, great scenery, set in New Zealand.
Published 3 months ago by Timothy Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Kawa
Interesting setting for a gay coming out movie. The Maori background enhanced what would have been a good but not great movie.
Published 4 months ago by Neal Presant
4.0 out of 5 stars Stepping out of the closet
A very touching and heart- felt encounter with the real struggle of a "traditionally married" gay man coming to terms with the difference between family and societal... Read more
Published 4 months ago by VideoWatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted story set against a backdrop of lush and storied...
Kawa is not unlike many late-in-life coming out stories of men with wives and children. The story is however, immersed in cultural tradition which lends a unique slant of rich and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful subject done well.
I thought it was a tender story with a sensitive subject and well portrayed by the actors. A quality movie.
Published 4 months ago by Glenda George
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay, Kawa - go find the love of your life!
I really enjoyed this movie and might give it the fifth final star to close it out. Being a gay Maori woman myself, I know the pressure the character Kawa goes through. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ron Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars kawa
Great movie, where you can relate to the characters struggles and pain when you try to please everyone but yourself.
Published 5 months ago by Alejandro Van Horn
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