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The Strength of Water (2009)

The Strength of Water


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Reviews Counted: 4
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 0

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Release Date: Dec 31, 2009 Wide

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A boy is comfortably haunted by the ghost of his recently deceased sister in this fusion of fantasy and realism from filmmaker Armagan Ballantyne. Kimi (Hato Paparoa) and Melody (Melanie Mayall-Nahi) are twin ten-year-old siblings growing up in a Maori village along the northern coast of New Zealand. Kimi and Melody's parents Gibby (Jim Moriarty) and Joy (Nancy Brunning) scrape together a living raising chickens, and the twins help them along with their teenage brother Gene (Shyane Biddle). When … More

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All Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (0) | DVD (1)

Acting, cinematography and a beautiful array of stunning open-air locations are all worth the price of admission.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
Herald Sun (Australia)

There are more ambitious films around at the moment than The Strength of Water, but it would be a shame if this small gem were forgotten in the Christmas rush.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009
The Age (Australia)

Ballantyne is more interested in examining the Maori community's everyday lives, and how they sit in relation to their traditions, than in making political observations. The key notes here are universal, most notably the half-life of grief.

Full Review… | December 2, 2009

With its unique Maori backdrop, this moody drama about life, death and coming to terms with both is punctuated by a well devised fantasy element.

Full Review… | November 28, 2009
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