Set in urban Auckland (New Zealand) this movie tells the story of the Heke family. Jake Heke is a violent man who beats his wife frequently when drunk, and yet obviously loves both her and his family. The movie follows a period of several weeks in the family's life showing Jake's frequent outburst of violence and the effect that this has on his family. The youngest son is in trouble with the police and may be put into a foster home while the elder son is about to join a street gang. Jake's daughter has her own serious problems which are a key element in the plot.Written by
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In 2014 a '20 years after' documentary was made about the film, narrated by actor Julian Arahanga (who plays Nig in the movie), who is now a film maker based in Wellington NZ. See more »
When Beth is serving Jake's dinner, she puts two boiled potatoes on the plate, then she dishes out some carrots. In the next shot, there are three potatoes on the plate and the carrots have vanished. See more »
He's gone! He's gone to welfare! And you slept through the whole bloody thing.
Is that all? Is that what all this slamming of fucking doors, crying and carrying on is about?
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Before the ending credits start, a giant 'END' covers the screen. See more »
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This is one of the most powerful and realistic movies I have ever seen.
A true modern-day tragedy, this movie shows the negative aspects of one indigenous culture in today's society. This is a very important movie as it forces you to look at issues that some have to live with on a daily basis.
This movie literally left me feeling sick in the stomach. Particularly with the knowledge that there are families out there living through this. The performance by Temuera Morrison was incredible.
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