A disillusioned war journalist's return home is blighted when he becomes implicated in the mysterious disappearance of a teenage girl he has befriended.

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Paul Prior
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Penny
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Celia Steimer
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Andrew
Jimmy Keen ...
Jonathon
Jodie Rimmer ...
Jackie
Toby Alexander ...
Paul as a teenager
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Ms Seagar
Nicholas Hayward ...
Andrew as a teenager
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Andrew as a child
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Iris
Asher Emanuel ...
Paul as a child
Matthew Chamberlain ...
Jeff
Peter Hishon ...
Vet
Mabel Wharekawa ...
Winnie (as Mabel Burt)
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Paul, a prize-winning war journalist, returns to his remote New Zealand hometown due to the death of his father, battle-scarred and world-weary. For the discontented sixteen-year-old Celia he opens up a world she has only dreamed of. She actively pursues a friendship with him, fascinated by his cynicism and experience of the world beyond her small-town existence. But many, including the members of both their families, frown upon the friendship and when Celia goes missing, Paul becomes the increasingly loathed and persecuted prime suspect in her disappearance. As the violent and urgent truth gradually emerges, Paul is forced to confront the family tragedy and betrayal that he ran from as a youth, and to face the grievous consequences of silence and secrecy that has surrounded his entire adult life. Written by bondish

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Who you set out to be isn't always who you become.


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Rated R for sexual content, language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »

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NZD 7,000,000 (estimated)
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The wartime photographs used for the film were taken by South African photojournalist Greg Marinovich. The photograph of the child was taken by Romano Cagnoni. See more »

Quotes

Paul Prior: I couldn't get near her... You made sure of it. It was a happy little threesome - Andy, Mum and God. No-one else invited.
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Written by B. Urale
Performed by King Kapisi
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DON'T MISS THIS ONE
3 December 2004 | by (Bristol, England) – See all my reviews

As an old codger who doesn't usually express himself on the internet this comment is a bit out of character. We saw the film recently while holidaying in NZ, nothing to do one Sunday evening and thought a local film might be interesting. Came out gobsmacked and argued and discussed it with my partner late into the night. Wanted to see if I could get a DVD, not realising it hadn't been released in the UK, and fell into this site.

The film is a bit like a jigsaw, at first it has no shape but as bits are added it starts to make sense and the enormity of the problem Paul has inadvertently got himself into becomes clear. The story is totally believable and all the actors, even the bit parts, are brilliant and convincing. The discontinuity of the story line means you have to work to understand it, but that adds to the interest.

The scenery is great (well, it is NZ). There is a little swearing and small sex scenes but they are also well done and not overplayed, and are necessary for the plot.

Am looking forward to seeing it again


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