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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During the first party (when Jake forcibly ejects a "wanker" male guest), there is a continuity error between when we first see Jake angrily coming at the guest (from the inside, in the kitchen) and the shot when we see the guest ejected (from the exterior of the house). The error is that from the inside we see one exit from the home (just to the left of the kitchen), and from the outside we see the guest being ejected from somewhere entirely different (looks like from the opposite end of the home entirely, because you can't even see the kitchen windows which look out onto the backyard). 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