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The Strength of Water (2009)

When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most.

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Isaac Barber ...
Tai
Hato Paparoa ...
Melanie Mayall-Nahi ...
McCarthy Pearse ...
Jim Moriarty ...
Richmond Patua ...
Nancy Brunning ...
Joy
Shayne Biddle ...
Trearjn Prangley ...
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Sade Raukawa ...
Stevie Raukawa ...
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Pare Paseka ...
Denise Proctor ...
Nan
Joanne Daniels ...
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When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most.

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beautiful and moving
8 March 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to see this @ Berlin film festival.

It was one of the visually beautiful and moving films I saw!

It stood out for me through it's compelling subject matter and stunning landscapes.

The performances were extraordinary. They kids were so real and open in their performances. I got a glimpse into a culture I didn't know yet found something universal within it...

The audience around me were laughing and crying with me... I think we were all taken by the heart and warmth of this film.

This is the sort of film that needs to be seen. I hope it gets a release outside the festival circuit. I can't wait to see what the director (and writer) do next.

As you can see this film moved me...


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