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What do you think of him?
Aaah... Arthur is either the second son of God or he's as mad as a chook... and he might be a bit of both. But he's a very good man.
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[end credits] No animals were harmed in the making of this film. The fly was already deceased and the rat in the mouth of the cat was the result of feline activity unassociated with this production. See more »
Could Arthur (Rawiri Paratene) really have been the second son of God? Most people missed the first one and they said he was mad, too. But Arthur knew how to find the magic in the world.
Against all odds, Rosemary and Mike Riddell have inspired a passionate cast and crew to bring us an emotional, challenging and thought- provoking tale of a slice of life at the unfamiliar margins of New Zealand society. Unfamiliar and yet we know these characters and this setting. We recognise the cafés and offices; we've met the real estate agent; we've stepped over the homeless guy in the doorway and heard the strange mutterings of the nutter down the street. This movie is grounded in familiar territory, but it asks many questions about the nature of the divine, the meaning of mental illness, and the power of community.
Paratene's is a stand out performance. He believes in himself, and we believe him too. While drawing deeply from the well of his Maori heritage, his is a universal character. Audiences everywhere will know him. Audiences everywhere will warm to this movie. Go see it.
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