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October 11, 2011
Interesting idea, decently filmed. Just not my idea of a good plot.
½ October 8, 2011
low production lifetime cheese for an older generation but it is bad.
½ August 7, 2011
Good Sunday evening movie : mood relaxing
March 6, 2011
Its heart's in the right place; it's the rest of it that's out to lunch... Riddell scrapes together the footage she can from in and about the same suburban row of shops, but the detail's sloppy - much of the film unfolds around a halfway house where the manager curses incessantly and leaves his cleavers unattended on going to answer the phone - and if she was intending to throw a spotlight on the sorry state of mental health care in small-town New Zealand, she could do with easing up on the broad comedy, singing and dancing that tends to drown out her most salient points. Paratene - known to British audiences as the forbidding tribal elder in "Whale Rider" - is a watchable, likable presence forced into a cutesy character straitjacket: it sounds funny to say a son of God role is beneath him, but as conceived by the Riddells, it is; the remainder is serenely simple-minded - real cinema du Gump - and blessed with rather too much divine intervention where the narrative intelligence would usually go.
February 25, 2011
My friends all rave about this film; being of a contrary-nature l often find such enthusiastic recommendations rather a put-off, but l have to admit it's really entertaining, funny and warmly-human.

Made on a shoestring, it looks a little rough around the edges at times, but the performances are all perfect, especially Rawiri Paratene ("Whalerider) as the central character.

Its a New Zealand film, with some great insights into Maori culture, but the theme, the setting and the humour are universal.

Don't get put off by the 'mental illness' tag - its a really entertaining film that left even this grumpy old man leaving the cinema with a spring in his step.
February 15, 2011
Insatiable Moon is a gem of a movie from New Zealand. I fell in love with it and most of the characters who are wonderfully well developed and utterly convincing. It's one of those films that elicits tears, laughter and everything in between. I found it uplifting, inspiring and very entertaining. Insatiable Moon is about real people in real life with no 'air-brushing'. It should carry a warning - this film may change your life as it challenges values in its presentation of conflict between traditional inner city dwellers and the newbies who want to sanitise and gentrify the area - in this case Ponsonby, Auckland, New Zealand though it's a universal story. Love you, moon; love you, Arthur.
February 14, 2011
It was a sweet film which tackled a heavy topic with lightness and humour as well as showed the vulnerability of the human condition. Highly recommended.
February 12, 2011
This is a great film. It shows urban NZ in a fantastic way--great cast, authentic problems, beautiful setting of Ponsonby. It plays with both Maori and Christian spirituality/mysticism and is a great commentary on our current treatment of people with 'mental disorders'. Would like to see it again!
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