#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.
Plot: On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered Paikea’s direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe, believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.
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A present day New Zealand community of Maori tribe people is waiting for the sign of a new chief to be born and lead the village and it’s community to greatness. Many have been born, but for the village elder all have been disappointments. The beginning of the movie starts out with the birth of 2 fraternal twins, with the grandfather patiently awaiting the birth of the son. Unfortunately the boy dies while the girl lives, and resentful is the elder who blames the girl for the sons death since he was the last recent hope for the village to gain a chief.
Then something happens as the film flashes forward 12 years. The girl “Pai” (pie), is discovering that her community needs her, and all the signs point that she must lead her people. There is only one problem. The chief must be a man.
It’s at this point the film literally becomes a simple story, as a young girl goes about trying to convince her awful grandfather that she is to lead the village. Many obligatory scenes are set up, and we all see the pre-destination, but it is the transformation that the viewer witnesses that is so powerful, and a payoff that can only be described as awe-inspiring.
Incredibly touching, deeply moving, wonderfuly acted, and beautiful cinematography, it’s not small surprise why this film is a winner. Pai is a complete scene stealer, and it’s finally nice to see Cliff Curtis show off some true acting skills. For Cliff who has played everything from a tattoed Hispanic gang leader in Training Day, to a Arab villan in the Majestic, it’s pleasing to see him in a character that mirror’s his true national identity since he is actually a New Zealander and not a Hispanic or Arab person. He must be incredibly proud to be part of this special film. The actors who played the grand parents are exceptional particularly the stubborn grandfather who’s demands Pai keep away from all male activities (The grandfather’s insistence to teach a young group of boys in a special school how to be chiefs, and Pai’s insistence to learn without her gradfather’s knowledge provides most of the light humour in the film).
Amazing film easily one of the best of the year
Rating 9 out of 10.
Movie making at its phantasmic best
Castle Hughes as Paikea is absolutely phenomenal. Invited me to battle all the injustices that girls (no matter of what society) are subjected to. She manages to evoke empathy without seeking it.
The movie strikes a very healthy balance between reflecting tradition but narrow cynicism with quiet urging to step out into a magical realm. While one may be inclined to be surprised at the narrow views of Koro, one also feels his profound commitment to his traditions – the dialectic tension is alive and draws and keeps you engaged.
Koro is stern in one part and gentle in another and keeps alive the tension of whether to like him or not and makes you feel Paikea’s battle with him. An uplifting story and a movie that not only takes you along in its journey, but leaves you journeying beyond it.
Just rent it and see for yourself!
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 41 min (101 min)
Genre Drama, Family
Director Niki Caro
Writer Niki Caro, Witi Ihimaera (book)
Actors Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Cliff Curtis
Country New Zealand, Germany
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 33 wins & 34 nominations.
Production Company ApolloMedia, South Pacific Pictures, Pandora
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Arriflex 435 ES, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux HR Lenses, Arriflex 535B, Zeiss Ultra Prime and Angenieux HR Lenses
Laboratory Atlab Film Laboratory, New Zealand (as Atlas), Procine Filmtechnik, Neuss, Germany
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman EXR 50D 5245, Kodak Vision Expression 500T 5284)
Cinematographic Process Super 35
Printed Film Format 35 mm (anamorphic) (Kodak Vision 2383)