In My Father's Den (2005)




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Paul, a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal that he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life.
R (for sexual content, language, some violence and drug use)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Emily Barclay
as Celia Steimer
Matthew MacFadyen
as Paul Prior
Miranda Otto
as Penny Prior
Colin Moy
as Andrew Prior
Jimmy Keen
as Jonathan
Jodie Rimmer
as Jackie Steimer
Vicky Haughton
as Ms. Seagar
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Critic Reviews for In My Father's Den

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Beautifully filmed and totally absorbing mystery about family secrets.

July 5, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Both compulsive and entertaining, striking a perfect balance between drama and thriller and serving up a story that's instantly worth following.

July 5, 2005

A cleverly structured, smartly written film that holds your attention to the end and delivers a powerful emotional kick

Full Review… | June 24, 2005

The tale of a prodigal son, misunderstanding and tragedy, this Den is well worth exploring.

Full Review… | June 13, 2005

Powerfully involving, even if it's also rather heavy-going and sneaky.

Full Review… | April 5, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

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Full Review… | June 24, 2005
Independent (UK)

Audience Reviews for In My Father's Den


Could have been better. A brisker pace & a well thought/executed ending would have been of great help.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Image and video hosting by TinyPicfor sexual content, language, some violence and drug use. I found this movie very emotional and sensitive.The performances from the entire cast were amazing, the lead characters, all unknown for me, Emily Barclay (as Celia) and Mathew MacFadyen (as Paul Prior) I found the scenes tbetween them was so pleasant to watch. The remarkable of this movie was the creation of the characters which was totally believable of real live. Strange ending although. Very good. Love it.

Daisy  Maduro
Daisy Maduro

Super Reviewer

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