The Patriarch (Mahana) 2016

The Patriarch

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In 1960s New Zealand, a teen couple in a Maori tribe are caught in the middle of a power struggle between rival patriarchs.

Cast & Crew

Temuera Morrison
Grandfather Mahana
Akuhata Keefe
Simeon Mahana
Nancy Brunning
Ramona Mahana
James Moriarty
Rupeni Poata
Regan Taylor
Joshua Mahana
Maria Walker
Huria Mahana
Sienna MacKinlay
Gloria Mahana
Tuhiwhakauraoterangi Wallace-Ihakara
Hope Mahana
John Collee
Screenwriter
Nik Beachman
Executive Producer
Hone Kouka
Executive Producer
Troy Lum
Executive Producer
Timothy White
Executive Producer
Mahuia Bridgman-Cooper
Original Music
Tama Waipara
Original Music
Ginny Loane
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Critic Reviews for The Patriarch (Mahana)

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (2)

  • 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.

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

    February 14, 2016 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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

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

    Henry Barnes

    Guardian
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  • While Mahana didn't deliver nearly the same memorable experience of Tamahori's or Ihimaera's earlier triumphs, it was still well worthy of both the telling and the watch.

    September 7, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 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.

    December 21, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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