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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Did You Know?
Temuera Morrison has commented that he did not expect the film to be a hit. He couldn't contemplate how anyone would want to watch a film containing such violence. See more
After she has read Grace's journal, Beth gets up and tells Toot to put the kids in the car. What car? The Hekes don't have a car. They had to hire a car to go for a day trip to see Boogie, and presumably that has been returned by now. See more
[after giving an obnoxious punk a beating
I was right... too much weights, not enough speedwork. Useless prick.
Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more