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Kawa (2010)
"Nights in the Gardens of Spain" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  5 July 2012 (Germany)
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An apparently happy family man must reveal a lifelong secret - that he is gay.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Calvin Tuteao ...
Kawariki
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Annabelle
George Henare ...
Hamiora
Vicky Haughton ...
Grace
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Chris
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Sebastian (as Pana Hema-Taylor)
Miriama-Jane Devantier ...
Miranda
Robert van Mackelenberg ...
Jack
Geoffrey Snell ...
Walter
Patara Berryman ...
Pita
Inia Maxwell ...
Tipene
Niwa Milroy ...
Puti
Bridget Pyc ...
Emily
Margaret-Mary Hollins ...
Denise
Jarod Rawiri ...
Wayne
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In this intimate drama, Kawariki must become the leader of the family after his father retires. A husband and father, he realizes that in order to lead with integrity, he must come out and be honest about his own life, even though it will test the boundaries of acceptance and unconditional love. Offering valuable insights into Maori traditions, family ideals and cultural values, this feature debut is rich and textured with emotional layers and stunning New Zealand landscapes. Written by Websurfer

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NZD 1,600,000 (estimated)
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Chris: So you're not going to stay on in?
Kawariki: I'll never get any sleep if I do.
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King Of You All
Written by Age Pryor
Performed by Age Pryor and Tessa Rain
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The main character makes this movie
8 June 2013 | by (Peru) – See all my reviews

Kawa (played by Calvin Tuteao) makes this Lifetime TV drama work. But this film is much better than a Lifetime TV drama (the topic would be a bit risqué for their Hallmark cards audience). It also has the New Zealand and Maori elements (albeit westernized and top of the social pyramid Maoris) doing touristy routines (dances with tongues out etc..)

Still you come away with a view of this cultural world that I knew next to nothing about. Be forewarned this movie presents it like PC garbage for the most part but still will call it Maori 101.

Kawa is a classic gay man trapped by cultural forces into acting out a heterosexual existence. For most gay men this would be next to impossible but it exists. In the film Kawa in his 40s? can take it no more and comes out--the movie is about this and the cultural specific hell it causes. I wonder how much of this "Maori" homophobia arrived with the Christian missionaries most of it I would wager. That and imported Victorian social norms of the time.

Anyway this movie is very realistic if full of PCisms and Calvin Tutueao is a very sympathetic handsome and believable character..He is a very easy character to like.

Decent watch.

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