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Honra e Liberdade (2005)




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A woman who has come to a strange land is torn between the life she knows and the new life around her in this epic-scale historical drama. In 1854, New Zealand's indigenous Maori tribes were engaged in an ongoing battle to drive away European settlers eager to establish colonies in the nation's wilderness, which the Maori saw as a threat to their way of life. However, some outsiders had made a home in New Zealand with the cooperation of the Maori, and an Irish settlement had been established, with Francis (Stephen Rea), the colony's doctor, bringing his daughter Sarah (Samantha Morton) with him to this new land. Sarah becomes acquainted with the son of one of the Maori leaders, and in time their friendship grows into something deeper. When Sarah discovers she's pregnant with the chief's son's child, the father has been called off to fight against the Europeans, and by the time her son is born, his father is dead. Sarah raises her child, whom she simply calls "Boy," but when Boy reaches the age of six, he's abducted by his father's family, who believes he should grow up among the Maori. Fearing further reprisals, Francis returns to Ireland, but Sarah stays behind to care for the sick and look for her son. Years later, while in search of Boy, Sarah encounters Wiremu (Cliff Curtis), a Maori warrior whose father Te Kai Po (Temuera Morrison) is ill. When Wiremu learns that Sarah is well versed in medicine, he makes an offer -- if she will treat Te Kai Po and return him to health, he will find Boy. Sarah is able to cure Te Kai Po's ailment, and Wiremu returns the now-teenaged Boy (David Rawiri Pene) to his mother. Boy is not eager to leave behind the Maori people who have become his family, and he and Sarah stay with Te Kai Po's tribe for a while, but in time she is drawn back to the Irish colony, where she finds herself torn between Doyle (Kiefer Sutherland), the soldier who loves her and wishes to protect her, and Wiremu, who she has grown to love.
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Samantha Morton
as Sarah O'Brien
Cliff Curtis
as Wiremu
Temuera Morrison
as Te Kai Po
Anton Lesser
as Major Baine
Stephen Rea
as Francis
Wi Kuki Kaa
as Old Rangi
Mark Ruka
as Hone
Tyson Reweti
as Tommy Boy
Grayson Putu
as Young Wiremu
Julie Ranginui
as Old Puhi
Warwick Morehu
as Te Kai Po Lead Warrior
Kayte Ferguson
as Tangamoko
Glen Drake
as Young Recruit
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Critic Reviews for Honra e Liberdade

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

A waterlogged would-be epic, lacking the emotion, narrative invention and visual brilliance that mark [Vincent] Ward's best films.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Top Critic

River Queen is a period drama filled with some striking imagery but which ultimately keeps viewer involvement at an unfathomable distance.

September 18, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

takes on the qualities of a disjointed vision, sometimes languid, sometimes violent, but always seeming to be only half-glimpsed on the threshold of sleep.

Full Review… | August 6, 2007
Eye for Film

An ambitious film from the talented, serious-minded Vincent Ward, River Queen takes us into the magnificent heart of New Zealand, both geographically and spiritually.

Full Review… | June 28, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Honra e Liberdade

(***): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An interesting film.


River Queen is a period drama filled with some striking imagery but which ultimately keeps viewer involvement at an unfathomable distance.

Pete Skeris
Pete Skeris

6.5/10. The beautiful New Zealand location filming is a big plus. Fine score and excellent cinematography. Well acted. It is a little slow moving in spots. Good attention to period detail.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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