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. Written by
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A family in crisis, a life in chaos... Nothing is more powerful than a mother's love.
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for pervasive language and strong depiction of domestic abuse, including sexual violence and substance abuse
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Did You Know?
Producer Robin Scholes, of the Communicado television company who produced the film, said she had been looking for a project that reflected her own experience of violence, and that of other women. She had been badly beaten in the 1980s, by a serial rapist. See more
Blood disappears and reappears on Beth's chin. See more
He's gone! He's gone to welfare! And you slept through the whole bloody thing.
Is that all? Is that what all this slamming of fucking doors, crying and carrying on is about?
Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more
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