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In My Father's Den (2004)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Vicky Haughton ...
Ms Seagar
Nicholas Hayward ...
Andrew as a teenager
Liam Herbert ...
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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Storyline

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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7 October 2004 (New Zealand)  »

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Um Refúgio no Passado  »

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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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Free Money
Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
Performed by Patti Smith
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Powerful
9 November 2004 | by (Hamilton, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

See this New Zealand film - it probably won't make you laugh, it might bring you close to tears but see it anyway. This is small town New Zealand with a huge web of intrigue showing how through misunderstandings wrong conclusions with tragic consequences can occur. The breakdown of family relationships through communication problems is also highlighted, and I could relate it to my own experience where the death of a family member did not serve to bring the family closer together but broke us further apart.

But on the upside it's also about sharing dreams and goals and looking for something better than what your current setting can offer, whether that be small town Otago or middle Eastern trouble spots. There is some beautiful rugged New Zealand scenery to be enjoyed, although don't expect it on the same scale as in LOTR, it's more just the icing on the cake here.

Definitely see it if you can handle a moderate amount of swearing, violence, sex and drug use. If you're just looking for a laugh, don't see it.


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