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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.
In essence, Kawa is the story of the conflict within a man between the tradition to which he belongs and his need to be himself.
It is one of the oldest stories in the world, almost mythic in its implications, the struggle within a man between the world into which he is born and the new world he wishes to find on his own, here made "new," in a sense, by the fact that the central character is gay. What is striking about it is that the traditional world and its values are never caricatured or mocked or reduced. They are presented with the respect and honor that is due them.
Yet they are nonetheless to Kawa, as to others, also repressive. The struggle he confronts is real, deep, and meaningful. The movie is all the more powerful because of that.
The film introduces interesting themes but handles the storytelling a bit matter of factly. My emotional investment was held at bay, perhaps by a slow pace, obvious dialogue and handling of the conflicts. However, overall I enjoyed the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this film quite a bit. It's definitely an interesting glimpse into another culture. In all truth I don't know much about Maori culture. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Shara Maude
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 8 months ago by MS
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. Read morePublished 14 months ago by RonCharles
Love this movie, I believe this was tastefully done. Director didn't expose every detail, it was left to the imagination. Read morePublished 22 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 22 months ago by Joshua