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Once Were Warriors (1994)

Directed by:
Lee Tamahori
COUNTRY
New Zealand
GENRE
Drama
INTERNATIONAL TITLE
Once Were Warriors
RUNNING TIME
99 minutter
Produced by:
Robin Scholes
Written by:
Riwia Brown


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Beth Heke Rena Owen
Jake Heke Temuera Morrison

 

Review

Lee Tamahori's breakthrough film about violence, rejection and shame in New Zealand's Maori society is raw, unpolished and highly powerful. Tamahori's brilliant, maroon colour palette creates a feeling of inescapability, and the film is crowned with instinctive, methodical acting performances. There are moments of dubious competence both in front of and behind the camera, but it is a movie made and acted by people wearing their hearts on their sleeves. And while the writing and dialogue at times border on the one-dimensional, the turning points sequences are so powerful and emotionally erupting that they carry the film on their own.

Copyright 24.9.2004 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang [HAVE YOUR SAY]