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The story of Grace was, to me, the main focal point of the film, and it was incredibly sad to witness the events that led to her downfall. What terrible family dynamics that stem from the extremely abusive Jake and the sickening Uncle Bully. But otherwise, not much else as far as filmmaking is concerned.
What an unexpectedly stark and brutal film. Despite the violence and domestic abuse, it's somehow amusing and mesmerising. Made on a tight budget, it proves that a great story well told wins every time.
A brutal and harrowing tale about family, life and destructive habits. Jake (Morrison) seems like a decent guy with a nice family, until he starts drinking and you seem the horrible effects that alcoholism have on him as he takes out his rage on Beth (Owen). The impact this and later events has on Grace (Kerr-Bell), their eldest daughter, is the main plot and a deeply touching one at that. Solid acting across the board, as well as some nice New Zealand scenery thrown in to counteract the extreme violence. Not fun, but a well-told story.
Lee Tamahori's haka-esquely charged and harrowing family drama is engrossing. The portrayal of Maori culture in the contemporary society and the issues related to repressed ancestral identity are finely captured, in addition to the family issues of a regular disoriented family trying to make ends meet. Maori actors add to the authenticity and make the film a compelling experience.
A film that's full of the subtle visual tricks film teachers love to point out (character X ruined the life of character Y, and so they stand in such a manner that their shadow hovers over them, etc.), none of which manage to save the utterly simplistic story propelled by one-note characters, one that relies on bludgeoning shock value over everything else. Even that fails to work, though, because it is just so damn predictable. The biggest shock is one that you'll expect 10 minutes in advance, and the ending is obvious starting from the middle of the movie.
A graphic depiction of the life of a low social class, the Maori (New Zealand), akin to the Indians in the US or the Aboriginals in Australia. Portrayed is their struggle with a violent father, drugs, alcohol and abuse. It's an interesting movie, unfortunately with a storyline and dialogues that could've been a lot better.
Great performances and a truly amazing soundtrack. The message of the movie is pretty clear from the beginning on and it doesn't leave space for big surprises. That guitar theme though, reminds a bit of Hendrix "Little Wing", great.
A crazy good emotional movie that chronicles life in a dysfunctional, poor, abusive home. A story of anger, pain, regret, strength, resilience, hope, and pride. This movie impacted me to the core. A must watch.