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Kawa (2012)

Calvin Tuteao , Nathalie Bolt , Katie Wolfe  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Calvin Tuteao, Nathalie Bolt, George Henare, Vicki Haughton, Dean O Gorman
  • Directors: Katie Wolfe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HC8DX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.


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

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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok movie but not great December 21, 2012
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting. Great filming July 10, 2014
Coming Out is hard to do and the pain it can cause. Exellent movie. Great acting. Great filming. Superb storyline
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too late May 27, 2014
A somewhat typical film tale of a gay man coming to terms with his sexuality later in life, after long attempting to live the "normal" life that was expected of him. Nothing out of the ordinary there. The only thing that gives this story any additional appeal is the New Zealand setting and the chance to get brief glimpses into the traditional Maori culture. Unfortunately, those glimpses are all too brief to raise this film above the dozens and dozens of films that have already told this same coming out tale.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good May 19, 2013
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this movie is ok, it has it's ups and downs,, still all and all it is a good movie. thanks
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By C. Clay
Kawa reminded me very much of a modern day (and obviously foreign) version of Far from Heaven. I tend not to re-write the film summary in my reviews, because that can readily be viewed.

There's little to smile about in this tragic film of a family and an individual (Kawa) broken apart by his coming to terms with his sexuality. The story is moving, the cast strong, the acting and direction all very good to excellent. The emotional family scene towards the end was a bit stretched in my mind, and really the key difference between 4 and 5 stars.

The scenery and landscapes are breath-taking - and the colorful cinematic effects also reminded me of Far From Heaven which employed a kaleidoscope of brilliant colors. If you looking for a heavy film about family and coming out at a late age in life, I definitely recommend Kawa (and the accompanying soundtrack).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kawa December 7, 2012
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Excellent movie..the acting is superb by the entire cast. Lots of unexpected surprises...a pure gem...story of an older, married man...who comes out to his wife and family...highly recommended!
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