Watch: White Lies 2013 123movies, Full Movie Online – White Lies is a story about the nature of identity: those who deny it and those who strive to protect it. Paraiti (Whirimako Black) is a medicine woman. She is the healer and midwife of her rural, tribal people – she believes in life. But new laws are in force prohibiting unlicensed healers. On a rare trip to the city, she is approached by Maraea (Rachel House), the servant of a wealthy woman, Rebecca (Antonia Prebble), who seeks her knowledge and assistance in order to hide a secret which could destroy Rebecca’s position in European settler society. If the secret is uncovered a life may be lost, but hiding it may also have fatal consequences. So Paraiti, Maraea and Rebecca become players in a head on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation..
Plot: A medicine woman – a giver of life – is asked to hide a secret which may protect one life but which will destroy another.
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Despite the myopic comment referring to the title being inappropriate, it couldn’t be more valid to the story line. A “White Lie” is a lie that is perceived as being harmless or trivial and told to avoid hurting another persons feelings. This is exactly the theme. It is a story set in the post-colonial period of New Zealand where cultural beliefs clashed heavily against one another. It was a time where necessity often meant that people would have to give up their identities in order survive in an environment that had very little opportunity (or compassion) for the native race that had suffered the typical injustices of colonialism. Against this backdrop is the story of a mother and her daughter who are trapped in a lie – a lie that separates them from their culture, as well as from each other. It is to a very sad extent that the mother drives her daughter to an impossible way of life all for the sake of blending in and the perception of wealth and well-being.
An incident drives her mother back to her native roots to find a solution for her daughter – who is facing severe consequences, possibly fatal. From this point the mothers fears and lies are confronted.
It is a slow, quiet but very emotional tale. The three main characters portray this emotion wonderfully.
Admittedly, this may not be a tale for everyone, but it does try to convey the struggles that were undoubtedly common for this time period. And as such, the way the movie depicted a mothers love for her daughter and the extent she will go to give her what she thinks her daughter needs, suited the era it was set in.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It was a pleasant surprise.
Original Language en
Director Dana Rotberg
Writer Dana Rotberg, Witi Ihimaera
Actors Whirimako Black, Rachel House, Antonia Prebble
Country New Zealand
Awards 3 wins & 9 nominations
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