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Broken English (1996)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  2 May 1997 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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El lenguaje del amor  »

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Box Office

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$34,029 (USA) (2 May 1997)

Gross:

$476,070 (USA) (4 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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The NC-17 Rating Didn't Make Sense
28 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In a nutshell, this is a romance story that involves a culture clashes between New Zealanders, Chinese and Bosnians. Since the characters were unappealing, I found it impossible to get "involved" in their romances and problems.

I don't understand the NC-17 rating, either. The sex scenes weren't anything that strong to warrant that rating, nor is the movie filled with just sex. The language isn't the best with a lot of f-words, but that doesn't warrant a NC-17 rating, either.

It was a modern-day Romeo and Juliet story with a lot lower morals that what you would have seen in the real Romeo and Juliet days. Frankly, I found the movie boring, but women would probably like this movie a lot more than men, if the language didn't turn them off.

The scenery was nice but I wasn't surprised at that. I have yet to see something filmed in New Zealand that wasn't beautiful. That must be a great-looking country.


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