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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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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: Who you set out to be is not always who you become.
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Free Money
Written by Patti Smith and Lenny Kaye
Performed by Patti Smith
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I've just seen the film of the year.
13 November 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

Alright, I admit family dramas with long hidden secrets are my favourites, but this has to be one of the best.

I was utterly compelled by the story, I can't remember the last time I was so emotionally engrossed. I was with Paul every step of the way. I have to see it again because I was so caught up I only noticed peripherally that the music,

cinematography and design were all delivering the perfect cinematic

experience.

As for the performances, the actors just disappeared, I was watching Paul and Celia and Jax living their lives. I felt more voyeuristic than Jonathon, as if I was witnessing private moments. What a wonderful film.


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