In My Father's Den

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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.


Critic Reviews for In My Father's Den

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  • Beautifully filmed and totally absorbing mystery about family secrets.

    Jul 5, 2005
  • The tale of a prodigal son, misunderstanding and tragedy, this Den is well worth exploring.

    Jun 14, 2005 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nev Pierce
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  • This really is less than the sum of its considerably interesting parts. But British actor MacFadyen is phenomenal, as are all the actors here.

    Apr 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Both compulsive and entertaining, striking a perfect balance between drama and thriller and serving up a story that's instantly worth following.

    Jul 5, 2005 | Rating: 78/100
  • A cleverly structured, smartly written film that holds your attention to the end and delivers a powerful emotional kick

    Jun 25, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Powerfully involving, even if it's also rather heavy-going and sneaky.

    Apr 6, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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

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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

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