An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

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Sarah O'Brien
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Doyle
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Wiremu
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Te Kai Po
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Baine
Rawiri Pene ...
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Francis
Wi Kuki Kaa ...
Old Rangi
Mark Ruka ...
Hone
Mikaila Hutchinson ...
Young Sarah
Tyson Reweti ...
Tommy Boy
Grayson Putu ...
Young Wiremu
Nathan Passfield ...
Boy (7 years)
Laura Coyte Douglas ...
Theresa
Julie Ranginui ...
Old Puhi
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An intimate story set during the 1860s in which a young Irish woman Sarah and her family find themselves on both sides of the turbulent wars between British and Maori during the British colonization of New Zealand.

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With darkness all around, only the heart can see. See more »


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Rated R for violent and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Dois Mundos em Guerra  »

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NZD 13,000,000 (estimated)
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Production on the film was halted for several weeks after Samantha Morton fell sick. See more »

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In one part of the film where the camera pans along the river, there is a distinct sound of a Kea- these are alpine parrots which do not inhabit the Whanganui region now and most probably didn't then either. See more »

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A possible Classic, spoilt by it's Direction and Production technique
20 September 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reading through most of the other reviews, I tend to agree with most of the comments. The one thing that I would add is the disjointed way the movie has been Directed and Produced. I think that some of these new wave movie makers think that they are being clever using unusual (sometimes jerky) camera angles, and flitting from one scene to another. It goes down well with these movie festivals, and with some of these Indie type critics, but it spoils the movie for me. I noticed in the reviews, one comment saying that none of this movie makers films have become blockbusters. This would maybe prove my point, as the film has that 'rushed to finish' feeling that makes you wonder why such a beautiful film appears to be lacking a smooth flow. As for the comment about Kiefer Sutherland being a big name to put on the poster, I would bet he cringed when watching the final cut. This is a story with real potential, spoilt by trying to be different in it's production. Worth watching, but not many would come back for a second view.


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