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Two Cars, One Night (2004)

Sometimes first love is found in the most unlikely of places, like in the carpark outside the Te Kaha pub.

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Rangi Ngamoki ...
Romeo
Hutini Waikato ...
Polly
Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards ...
Ed
Riwai Waka ...
Koro
Dion Waikato ...
Tangata
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How do people connect? At night a car is parked by the Te Kaha Hotel and Pub in rural New Zealand. Two brothers, about 10 years of age, sit inside waiting for their parents. Ed is reading a book. Romeo notices a girl about their age sitting in a car not far away, also waiting for her parents. Romeo shouts a few insults at her. She ignores him for awhile then answers back. Later, Romeo sneaks up and tries to scare her. They talk; he brags, she calls him out. She's Polly, maybe 11. He notices a ring she has - studded with diamonds. He yells questions at Ed. He asks if he can see the ring. Should she let him hold it? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Romeo: Cause then I wouldn't have a diamond ring.
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Wonderfully Real, Stunningly Acted- A True Joy
24 April 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

Three children wait for their parent(s) in two separate cars in a parking lot outside a New Zealand saloon in the 1960's. The thrilling economy of direction, wonderful (although occasionally infuriatingly thick native accents make it tough to catch all of the asides) screenplay and some of the most natural and believable child actors make this a touching little miracle of a short film that rates with the best ever made. If an added touch of racism, or conflict between the parents were added, it would make the film perhaps even more effective. But this is simply about kids awkwardly dealing with the opposite sex with a touching naivete that will be remembered long after viewing. Really special.....an instant classic.


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