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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Her only chance for the future is to embrace the power of her past.
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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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After driving some considerable distance in a hire car on their way to visit Boogie, Jake Heke and his family pull up at a local pub, in which we see some of his friends, such as Bully. See more
[Leaning over Grace's open coffin
Friends forever G.
[Gives Grace a gentle kiss
That's all I ever meant, honest. But you're right, I'm just a stupid kid who lives in an old wreck of a car!
She loved you Man, she loved you.
Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more