#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Set in urban Auckland (New Zealand) this movie tells the story of the Heke family. Jake Heke is a violent man who beats his wife frequently when drunk, and yet obviously loves both her and his family. The movie follows a period of several weeks in the family’s life showing Jake’s frequent outburst of violence and the effect that this has on his family. The youngest son is in trouble with the police and may be put into a foster home while the elder son is about to join a street gang. Jake’s daughter has her own serious problems which are a key element in the plot.
Plot: A drama about a Maori family living in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.
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A True Pot of Emotions
This movie is based on a modern day New Zealand family, dealing with near poverty and violence from all sides, including the often inebriated father.
The acting in this movie was just plain amazing. I was hooked from beginning to end, entranced with the wide range of feelings and emotions the movie evoked in me.
You will cry, laugh, sing, and rage right along with the characters, and you will find it hard not to restart the movie just to watch it again.
This is just one of the few movies that stayed with me all these years, since first seeing it back in 1995. I will never forget this movie, and if you watch it, I can guarantee that neither will you.
Just like to clear up some misconceptions.
I’ve been reading the comments that people have made on this brilliant piece of film making that makes me proud to be a kiwi. Although I’m not Maori, I have somewhat of an understanding of, and a very deep appreciation for Maori culture. It is after all a major contributor to the uniqueness of New Zealand, and it’s what a lot of the tourists come here to see/experience.
Some people have commented that the character of Beth is “descended from Maori royalty” and that the character of Jake is “descended from slaves”. That’s not quite correct. Although there is a Maori monarch; (Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the current Maori queen lives at the Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, her official residence.) the Maori monarchy only goes back to the 19th century, and its not really representative of all Maori as it only really affects Waikato iwi/hapu, (tribe/sub tribe) It is more likely that Beth would be descended from chiefly linage, and hence she and her whanau, (extended family) would be very much aware of and in tune with their whakapapa or ancestry. Beth’s line near the end of the movie that her people “once were warriors” is an indicator of this.
(The facial and body tattoos, or Moko that one sometimes sees Maori wearing are in fact representative of their whakapapa. Also, the carvings that feature on Marae and other carved Maori buildings/gates etc are representative of tribal ancestors, much like Indian Totem poles.)
Jake on the other hand is obviously urbanized. He would most probably know little or nothing about his whakapapa, and in addition he probably would not even be able to identify with an iwi or hapu. This would explain why he makes several references to “Maori bulls***”. He is disenfranchised from his culture, and probably doesn’t even speak Maori that well. (Although Temurera Morrison himself speaks fluent Maori.) His family have obviously been living in Auckland for so long, and there has been such tribal intermingling, that he doesn’t know whether he’s Arthur or Martha. And what’s more, he doesn’t care either.
(For those of you who are interested, the motorway shown at the start of the movie is the Southern Motorway which runs right through South Auckland, which is where *a lot* of Maoris and Pacific Islanders live.)
As other people have said, this kind of thing is sadly not unique to Maori, as American/Canadian Indians and Australian Aborigines can testify. Likewise domestic violence itself is not only limited to minority ethnic groups.
This is easily one of the best movies that I have ever seen. So if you haven’t had the privilege of seeing it yet, then I highly recommend that you do so. George Henare’s stirring Taiaha scene alone is well worth the cost of getting the movie out.
(A Taiaha is a Maori spear. To use one of these, one must have immense mana, or importance. As Henare’s character said, the British *feared* the highly skilled Taiaha warriors.)
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 42 min (102 min)
Genre Crime, Drama
Director Lee Tamahori
Writer Riwia Brown, Alan Duff (novel)
Actors Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga
Country New Zealand
Awards 22 wins & 7 nominations.
Production Company Fine Line Features, Finestkind
Sound Mix Dolby, Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Film Unit, Avalon, New Zealand
Film Length 2,820 m (Sweden), 2,901 m
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm