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The Map Reader (2008)

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In a small New Zealand town, 16 year-old Michael leads a lonely, introverted existence with his single mother Amelia whose guilt and alcoholism threatens to drive her cherished son away. ... See full summary »

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Amelia
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Michael
Mikaila Hutchinson ...
Alison
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Mary
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Evelyn
Sam Hall ...
Simon
Russell Wills ...
Carlo
Mark Tronson ...
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Braydon Kearns ...
Young Michael
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Alison's father
Tyl Van Randon ...
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Stacey Houghton ...
Young Alison
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In a small New Zealand town, 16 year-old Michael leads a lonely, introverted existence with his single mother Amelia whose guilt and alcoholism threatens to drive her cherished son away. Uncomfortable with the adolescent exploits of his "friends," he finds escape through a passionate love of maps. Unexpected friendships with classmate Alison, whose sweetness and innocence belie a dark secret, and Mary, a blind young woman on the cusp of adulthood, rouse Michael from his isolation and send him on a journey of self-discovery. As his life begins to spiral out of control, Michael is forced into some difficult choices about his future. Written by Arkles Entertainment

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Don't bother!
10 January 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I decided to give this movie a chance, some low-budget homegrown movies can really surprise you. Unfortuantly this one did not. The movie went on for an hour and a half and still to this day I have no idea on what the point really was. I get that it was a 'coming of age' movie about a young boy finally being set free but it was a bore in pretty much all aspects.

The actors weren't the problem and did an okay job considered what they were given. Rebecca Gibney played an alcoholic stressed single-mum and did a good job but she was about the only real highlight of an otherwise pointless movie.

My advice? Don't waste 90 minutes of your life- it's not worth it.


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