As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village.

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Matilda Naimo (as Xzannjah)
Healesville Joel ...
Dolores Naimo
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Pip
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David Kaumara ...
PNG Officer
Kausibona Mel ...
Daniel
Sam Simiha ...
Sam
Marcellin Ampa'oi ...
Joseph Naimo
Dominic Itta ...
Mr. Masoi
Grace Maibu ...
Mrs. Siau
Marcella Itta ...
Mabel
Ivan Siovate ...
Christopher
Cindy Tibola ...
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Mr Watts is the only white man left on the island after the blockade. He opens the school and introduces the children the 'Great Expectations.' Matilda, the teenage narrator finds comfort in the story of a Victorian orphan when her own world is falling apart. The Redskins, an army sent to destroy the local rebels are getting closer. Matilda writes 'Pip' in the sand. This simple act leads to terrible consequences when the Redskins suspect Pip to be a rebel leader and demand he be brought before them. Written by Jan Killengray

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When they need hope, he gave them Great Expectations. Fiction can be dangerous in times of war.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing situations involving violence and threat, and for some mature thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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3 October 2013 (New Zealand)  »

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Based of the award winning book Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones See more »

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Dolores Naimo: That's a white man's name. No, Matilda, you heard wrong. Pop-Eye is the last white man around here. There's no others.
Matilda Naimo: But Mr Watts says there is.
Dolores Naimo: Hey, Leola!
[in Papuan]
Dolores Naimo: You heard of some white man called Mr. Dickens around here?
Leola: [in Papuan] No, but I do know some Mr. Dickheads.
[everybody laughs]
Leola: You see them everywhere!
Dolores Naimo: [in Papuan] Well, Matilda, if you see this Mr. Dickens, tell him to come fix our generator.
Mrs. Kauona: [in Papuan] And tell him he can stay at my place, if he's got some rice!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.10 (2011) See more »

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To The Land of the Rising Sun
Written and performed by Peter Garuai
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Wonderful and sadly unknown movie
4 August 2014 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed watching this movie, and I got much more than I expected. This movie shows universality of the world, despite cultural differences. It shows sorrow and joy, the good and bad in people. Hugh Laurie is truly a magnificent actor, who very well portrayed mysterious man yet full of sorrow. It shows how life is unpredictable, how life is simultaneousness of good and bad things. When I finished watching this movie I remembered the famous quote "there is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future". If you decide to watch this movie you'll enjoy the wonderful scenes filmed in Papua New Guinea and New Zealend, wonderful acting by Hugh Laurie and Xzannjah Matsi, story about life how it really is. This movie was filmed two years ago and it is still relatively unknown. I hope this will change because this is a movie that everyone should see. This is maybe not a movie for Oscars (not that it's not better than many movies that had won best picture), but you will enjoy watching it, you'll feel sad at the moments, but you will think about it later on.


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