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Broken English

Broken English (1996)

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80

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 1

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Along with Once Were Warriors, Broken English effectively captures contemporary New Zealand as a society in transition. Broken English dramatizes how the effect of immigration to the cities of New Zealand by both its native peoples, the Maoris, and Europeans seeking refuge from political persecution has not produced a harmonious melting pot. Ivan (Rade Serbedzija) is an embittered Croatian who fled to his wife's native Aukland when war broke out in Bosnia. Brooding over TV news reports on what

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Gregor Nicholas, Johnana Pigott, Jim Salter

Jan 20, 1998

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The situation is not original, but the setting makes it seem so, and the director and co-writer, Gregor Nicholas, is alert to nuances of the characters.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Zoe Cassavetes... lets Nora's complicated emotional story play out, and she finds in Posey a strong collaborator in catching all of Nora's tics and charms.

July 20, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

Explores the explosive power of cross-cultural love and the ways one passionate woman finds to escape the prison of prejudice.

February 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film shies away from a lot of the dramatics it could have gone into, such as prying into the psyches of what drives people to blindly hate.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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