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?
In 2014 a '20 years after' documentary was made about the film, narrated by actor Julian Arahanga (who plays Nig in the movie), who is now a film maker based in Wellington NZ. See more
When Beth is talking to her best friend (the female singer in the bar) at the kitchen table, the amount of beer in the glass varies inconsistently between shots. See more
The British used to think the bayonet was the most lethal of all hand to hand combat weapons, till they came across our warriors, who fought with the Taiaha. You think your fist is your weapon? When I have taught you, your mind will be.
Most of the opening credits are either split in half, scattered in different areas of the screen, abnormally shaped or used in small white print. Some are even mixed. See more
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