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Reflections of the Past (2010)

PG-13 | | Documentary, Crime
On June 22, 1954, two teenage girls Pauline Yvonne Parker and Juliet Marion Hulme murdered Honora Parker, the mother of Pauline in Victoria Park outside of Christchurch, New Zealand. This ... See full summary »

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On June 22, 1954, two teenage girls Pauline Yvonne Parker and Juliet Marion Hulme murdered Honora Parker, the mother of Pauline in Victoria Park outside of Christchurch, New Zealand. This crime continues to fascinate the world. In 1994, Peter Jackson created a film based on the events called 'Heavenly Creatures' with Kate Winslet & Melanie Lynskey. This documentary will examine the relationship of Pauline & Juliet and the murder case. Written by Anonymous

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"Reflections of the past" deals with a murder case from New Zealand, where two girls were so obsessed with each other, that their possible separation led to the murder of one girl's mother. The film tries to solve what lead to this dramatic decision and which impact this unusual case had on the society of New Zealand.

In general, a documentary about such a case of course sounds appealing because it is a crime that makes you listen up. Therefor I can not say that the topic wouldn't deliver enough content to make an interesting film out of it. My general problem with it, though, is that this seems to be a very private and painful case of murder, where the accused were still children or at least teenagers during the murder. There seems to be a horrible and tragic plausibility within the case and I don't really know if this is a case everyone needs to know about. I would have preferred to let the families have their peace and protect those who had to suffer from the happenings.

The strong moments of the movie are when it deals with the general consequences New Zealand had to face because of this case, and this is also where I think it earns itself at least a bit of legitimization, in so far that this is a step ahead of just a personal tragedy. I don't really like when documentaries replay historical events with actors because it is always kind of a falsification, maybe something drawn would have been also an option, but generally this is where I liked the movie.

It is, by all means, no bad movie. It seriously investigates the case, portrays different opinions and speaks with many people that have something to say. For the reasons above, it is nonetheless not my film.


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