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Living in Mt. Roskill, Auckland, Nana Maria struggles to get her grandchildren together for a traditional Fijian feast in which she means to name her successor as Matriarch. Film runs over about a 18 hour or so period of time. Written by
I saw this film when I was back home in New Zealand last year and adored it. It's a wonderful little film that shows how people actually live in New Zealand - not out roaming the countryside, mostly, but in big diverse cities like Auckland, where No. 2 is set.
Although the movie is set in New Zealand however, the theme of passing the torch to a younger generation is pretty universal - and anyone who's ever lived in a tourist destination country will appreciate quips, such as the tourist whose sole purpose in coming to New Zealand is to see "Mt. Doom".
The characters are fully formed, and the acting is excellent. Ruby Dee as Nana Maria and Taungaroa Emile as Soul particularly stand out. I think the main thing I appreciated about this film was the humour, I haven't laughed so hard at a film in a long time.
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