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?
Morrison took a long time to get into the character of Jake the Muss. He was used to playing calm characters and good guys. A key point in his transformation came when Rena Owen stayed in character and yelled at him until he got angry. Apparently he only got into character on the weekend just before filming started. See more
When Beth and friend are out looking for Grace in the car, its raining outside. When they go to a front shot of the car its not raining. See more
I'll kill you first!
Well go on, do it! You're still a slave Jake. To your fists. To the drink. To yourself. Well go on - kill the bloody lot of us!
Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more
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