A random act of violence leaves eight people in crisis, searching for hope and new beginnings, as the Matariki constellation (Maori New Year) rises in the Southern skies.

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Jason Wu ...
Aleki Silao
Xana Tang ...
Spit (as Susana Tang)
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Jermaine
Alix Bushnell ...
Lisa
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Gunge
Vela Manusaute ...
Russ
Iaheto Ah Hi ...
Tyrone
Jarod Rawiri ...
Rick
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Megan
Odette Warder Henderson ...
Shopper (as Odette Warder)
Mark Ruka ...
Tama
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A Maori man lies vegetative on life-support; his grief-stricken pakeha wife prohibits his blood family from entering their hospital room. A young girl hates her strict Chinese parents, preferring the company of an old woman's rotting corpse, or running about Auckland city jacking cars and robbing stores with an older Tokolau boy. A young heroin addicts heavily pregnant girlfriend goes into labor and a little girl is born in the room next to the dying man. The plot may be disorganized but is connected profoundly by the romantic message that with effort and hope we can overcome our grief at loss and by accepting responsibility we can balance the forces of sadness and exhilaration. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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A fairly bleak and forgettable drama, but enjoyable overall.
7 December 2012 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

So, if you're a fan of films where one event starts a chain re-action through people's lives, you might get something out of this. MIGHT. Every cultural stereotype in New Zealand has been thrown in mix without any real thought or consideration. It works, however, for the 80 minutes leading up to the end, which no matter how desperate the attempt, doesn't have any mental effect on us. It's more informative, than it is deeply affecting. But as a drama, it's good, and at times inspiring. But the film is easily forgettable right after 30 minutes with no real great scenes to talk about afterwards. The attitude does somewhat improve the ending, with some real dedicated acting that will bring tears to your eyes, but not greatly move you. However, the plot gets lost in the middle, before the director paints it black and then resorts to a totally different ending.

The film has no depth-although the acting and characterization are good, in the end they are just making faces and talking pretty. And even though the acting itself is (fairly) good, once the film is finished, we realize that in the end, we just don't care.


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