Once Were Warriors (1994)
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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
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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.
Excellent performances in this New Zealand import
One of the year's best films. Totally unforgettable.
Speaks volumes about the self-destructiveness of peoples who have turned their rage inward.
It is an impressive first feature for its director, Lee Tamahori, and a splendid dramatic vehicle for its stars, especially Rena Owen.
It is a painful and very effective tale about the destructive power of abuse, rape, alcoholism, and violence in general that easily transcends its New Zealand origin.
Heartbreaking, frustrating, an observation of domestic violence and a tribute to the wives who ultimately refuse to remain victims.
The film's searing performances are matched by the lovely camerawork of cinematographer Stuart Dryburgh.
Everything about this powerful, poignant film makes it a must-see experience, if you have the stomach for it.
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