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Broken English (1996)

NC-17 | | Drama, Romance | 2 May 1997 (USA)
Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her ... See full summary »

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Ivan
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Nina
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Eddie
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Darko
Madeline McNamara ...
Mira
Jing Zhao ...
Clara
Li Yang ...
Wu
Elizabeth Mavric ...
Vanya
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Manu
Michael Langley ...
Jura
Morena Tutuguro ...
Sashka
Mona Ross ...
Auntie Marja
Barbara Cartwright ...
Jasmin
Patrick Wilson ...
Dave
Greg Johnson ...
Doug
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Ivan is the fierce patriarch of a family of Croatian refugees in Auckland. Nina is his daughter, ready to live on her own, despite his angry objections. Eddie is the Maori she takes as her lover. Nina works at a restaurant where Eddie cooks. For a price, she agrees to marry a Chinese, another restaurant employee, so that he (and his Chinese wife) can establish permanent residency. The money gives her the independence she needs to leave her parents' house and move in with Eddie. Complications arise when Eddie realizes the depth of her father's fury and the strength of Nina's family ties. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Sometimes when you make love you make war.

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Rated NC-17 for explicit sexuality | See all certifications »
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2 May 1997 (USA)  »

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Broken English  »

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Opening Weekend:

$34,029 (USA) (4 May 1997)

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$476,070 (USA) (6 July 1997)
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[Her thoughts on walking stoned and drunk among exploding bombs]
Nina: I wanted to do what I wanted to do, no matter what. It was my moment of freedom.
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Well done.
14 November 2003 | by (Minneapolis) – See all my reviews

It looks as if I am among the few who found the directing and production to be flawless. Janet McIver was also the production manager of Whale Rider and Once Were Warriors. Broken English is a delicate movie where the father tries to balance self-control and the love for his family. It is a harsh look at bigotry, and the ramifications of such behavior. Unlike Once Were Warriors, Broken English scores with great acting and has a much better script. True to life, the movie doesn't offer simple answers for the problems the cast deal with. If you're a fan of viewing different cultures, you will most likely enjoy this movie. I enjoyed this movie much more than the other two listed above.


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