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Kawa

3.9 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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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.

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

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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.)
  • 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 (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007HC8DX0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Kawa is a highly successful New Zealand businessman with a pretty wife, a handsome son, who is training as a competitive swimmer, and an adorable daughter. He lives in a prosperous New Zealand world in which Maori and British New Zealanders interact and intermarry, and enjoy both cultures. He would seem to have it all, but he has a secret.

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.

The DVD opens with a public service announcement about how important it is to gay cinema that its followers not download movies illegally or acquire pirated copies.
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