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 overview, first billed only:
Paul Prior
Celia Steimer
Jimmy Keen ...
Jodie Rimmer ...
Toby Alexander ...
Paul as a teenager
Vicky Haughton ...
Ms Seagar
Nicholas Hayward ...
Andrew as a teenager
Liam Herbert ...
Andrew as a child
Asher Emanuel ...
Paul as a child
Matthew Chamberlain ...
Peter Hishon ...
Mabel Wharekawa ...
Winnie (as Mabel Burt)


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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Release Date:

7 October 2004 (New Zealand)  »

Also Known As:

I sanningens spår  »

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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 »


Celia Steimer: I find it hard to imagine what you saw in her.
Paul Prior: Yeah well you're not the first one to think that about their parents.
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27 April 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Saw it during my vacation in New-Zealand last December. Didn't know the story at all. Haven't read the book or anything. The lady from the B&B where we were staying suggested this one. I thought the movie was amazing. The movie starts slow and if you like high speed action movies this may not be your piece of cake. If you can stand a lower pace this is absolutely one to watch.

I have actually seen it a second time because it was selected for the Rotterdam Film Festival 2005 (little bit closer to home) and I am know hoping for a regular release in the Netherlands. In my opinion this movie does not get enough attention.

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