Set on the east coast of New Zealand in 1984, Boy, an 11-year-old child and devout Michael Jackson fan, gets a chance to know his absentee criminal father, who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years ago.
It's 1984. 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
When Boy is talking to his friend Dynasty in the car in one scene when their parents are at the pub, Dynasty says her Mum is playing the "pokies." Poker machines were not introduced into New Zealand until 1991, 7 years after the movie is set. See more »
There are very few movies coming out of NZ that are memorable at all, and stumbling upon such a gem is quite a rarity!
I rarely take time to write reviews, but I felt that this movies deserves one:)
There is hardly any fault in this movie from direction and acting perspective, although I have to reckon I have never heard of anyone from the main movie credits... Combining unknown actors with a very simple script is a recipe for disaster, in general,BUT not in this film. I think the charm of the movie comes from kids that are playing their roles just perfect:innocent but responsible when need it.
The last scene of the movie makes you feel that you've just experienced something unique that comes on the screen once in 10 years!
If you manage to get the DVD, invite some friends over and have an '80 night at the movies: all of them they'll feel happy at the end!
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