The Patriarch (Mahana)


The Patriarch (Mahana)

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In the 1960s on the east coast of New Zealand, two Maori sheep-shearing families - the Mahanas and the Poatas - are longstanding enemies and commercial rivals. 14-year-old Simeon Mahana, the youngest son, is in conflict with his traditionalist grandfather, Tamihana. As Simeon unravels the truth behind the longstanding family vendetta, he risks not just his own future prospects, but the cohesion of the entire tight-knit society.


Temuera Morrison
as Tamihana Mahana
Akuhata Keefe
as Simeon Mahana
Nancy Brunning
as Ramona Mahana
Jim Moriarty
as Rupeni Poata
Regan Taylor
as Joshua Mahana
Yvonne Porter
as Poppy Poata

Critic Reviews for The Patriarch (Mahana)

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

  • The Patriarch aims for classical screen storytelling, but the result, while entertaining for a time, becomes clunky and predictable, its sentimentality amplified by awkward incorporation of songs into the lush score.

    Feb 14, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Proudly expands the still-limited canon of essential films about New Zealand's tribal people ...

    Feb 14, 2016 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Top Critic
  • Mahana is a touch simplistic and very romantic. But it does what it does with skill.

    Feb 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Henry Barnes

    Top Critic
  • Director Lee Tamahori teams up with his Once Were Warriors leading man Temuera Morrison for a solid, intense drama about family feud and a domineering dad.

    Dec 26, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A wonderfully filmed and performed story of family and legacy brought to life through beautiful classic movie strokes.

    Dec 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Though the basic narrative arc is a familiar one, it makes for a mostly rewarding film thanks to its spectacular setting. New Zealand's pastoral vistas are handsomely photographed by Ginny Loane.

    Dec 9, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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