Once Were Warriors (1994)
Average Rating: 7.7/10
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Average Rating: 7.5/10
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This powerful drama was a major hit in its native New Zealand, outgrossing Jurassic Park in Kiwi cinemas. Jake and Beth Heke (Temurea Morrison and Rena Owen) are a couple of Maori descent who are living in a slum in Aukland. While it's obvious that they still love each other, Jake's alcoholism has driven a wedge into their relationship and has left their children emotionally scarred. Jake is charming while sober, but when drunk, he's a violent psychopath given to blink-of-an-eye mood changes and
Sep 2, 2003
Julian "Sonny" Arahanga
Rachael Morris Jr.
Taunter in Court
Te Whatanui Skimworth
Works, to some degree, on three levels: the visceral, the emotional, and the intellectual, and it is the amalgamation of these that makes this a memorable film.
Yet familiar as the pattern is ... the film holds because of the acting and because it functions as travelogue.
It is powerful and chilling, and directed by Lee Tamahori with such narrative momentum that we are swept along in the enveloping tragedy of the family's life.
It packs such a searing wallop of emotion that the viewer may be rendered incapable of speaking for several hours. It's that profoundly affecting.
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