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It's 1984, and Michael Jackson is king-even in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. Here we meet Boy, an 11-year-old who lives on a farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother, Rocky (who thinks he has magic powers). Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father, Alamein, appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version-an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. This is where the goat enters. Written by
Sundance Film Festival
Director Taika Waititi was less than a week away from filming when he realised the boy he had as lead wasn't working out. Three days before filming began, James Rolleston, who was hanging around on set as an extra, was given the lead by Taika Waititi. See more »
In the opening scene there is a decrepit old truck with a bent old license plate "ME1831" License plates in NZ are released alphabetically starting with AA and culminating with ZZ before the system switched to the a three letter three number system. "M" license plates were first seen in about 1985 - a year after this film was set. A truck that old in 1985 would have had and A,B,C or D license plate. See more »
You're a liar, your dad's not overseas, he's in jail for robbery
Shut up Kingi, you don't know
Yes, he's in the same cell block as my dad
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(M Prime/N Pewhairangi)
Performed by Patea Maori Club
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Bloody Fantastic!! This film is perfect on almost every level!
And I'm not a critic who gives away "10's" very often, but this film is pure magic. It strikes the perfect balance of humor and sorrow and still manages to be highly entertaining. The actors are magnificent and really bring the movie to life. The personalities are flawless and palatable to anyone from any part of the world. While the film dives deep into complicated social issues, it is presented in a simple, child-like way that strikes a chord within your heart. I am amazed at how the director was able to capture the film this way, and still manage to be a leading role.
Very few films are able to reach deep into your emotional core like this one does, and the film seems to get better each time you watch it. I'm not sure what it was about this film that really makes it work: the music, the acting, the story, the cinematography, the drama, the humor.... all fit perfectly into place and leave you wanting more.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!! And if you want to check out other films that are similar but not nearly as good: Napoleon Dynamite, Forrest Gump, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Cashback, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, The Fall and Mr. Nobody are some good ones to checkout.
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